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Two men arrested after cannabis factory discovered in Cobham

News   •   Feb 15, 2019 11:18 GMT

Two men have been arrested after the discovery of a cannabis factory in Cobham last night (14 February).

Officers were called to an address in Fairmile Lane around 7.45pm following reports that intruders were trying to break into the property.

Two men were located at the address. When officers searched the house, they found a large number of cannabis plants.

Two men, aged 20 and 42 years, were arrested on suspicion of cultivating cannabis and are currently in custody.

Enquiries remain ongoing. Anyone with any information is asked to contact us on 101 (999 in an emergency) or report it online via http://surrey.police.uk/TellUsMore quoting reference PR/45190016631.

You can also give information, 100% anonymously, to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111; or through their anonymous online form: https://crimestoppers-uk.org/

Signs of a cannabis farm include:

A distinctive strong and sickly sweet smell

Equipment to grow cannabis being taken into a house. For example, lighting and ventilation equipment

Constantly covered or blocked-off windows. Cannabis factories often have constantly pulled curtains, black-out blinds or foil coverings

Unsociable coming and going at all hours or neighbours you never see

Strong and constant lighting day and night

High levels of heat and condensation. Cannabis factories often give off heat and the windows stay misted up

Constant buzz of ventilation. Listen out for a whirring sound as the growers try to create an ideal climate for the plants to grow

Lots of power cables. Gangs sometimes dig underground to lay cables that hook up to things like lamp posts so they don’t have to pay for the enormous amounts of electricity they use. They can easily run up a £20,000 utility bill.

Often the gangs will use modern slavery victims to tend their plants - people who are smuggled into the UK illegally and forced to work in dangerous conditions for little or no reward.