Pub converted into £2.2m cannabis farm across 11 rooms

A woman was arrested after police discovered a pub had been converted into a massive £2.2m cannabis farm.

After raiding the premises, stunned officers found the former public house was being used to grow cannabis across 11 rooms.

Police today released images after busting the “large-scale cannabis farm” which saw officers seize 556 plants from inside the defunct Rams Head Hotel in Earlestown.

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The plants seized from the Earle Street premises could yield around £2.2m a year.

Police raided the building after what they termed “a report of suspicious behaviour” around 9.30pm on Tuesday.

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A Merseyside Police spokesperson said: “Officers attended, inspected the building and located a large cannabis farm of 556 plants in various stages of growth spread across 11 rooms.

“A 27-year-old female from Newton-le-Willows was arrested on suspicion of cannabis production.

“She has been taken into custody for questioning by officers. The premises has been made safe by the Cannabis Dismantling Team.”

Matt Brown, head of the force’s Cannabis Dismantling Team said the swoop meant “a large amount of drugs have been prevented from being sold on our streets”.

He said: “This was a large-scale cannabis farm, with the potential to produce large amounts of the drug for wider distribution. The risks of doing so, for residents and businesses nearby, are equally large, with fire, flood and violent crime often the result.

“Thanks to the report received, a female is in custody and a large amount of drugs have been prevented from being sold on our streets.”

A cannabis farm was found spread across 11 rooms at the former Rams Head pub in Earlestown
A cannabis farm was found spread across 11 rooms at the former Rams Head pub in Earlestown
(Image: Merseyside Police)

And added: “We take action on all information received about drug production, supply and storage so keep telling us what you know and we’ll keep the streets safer from the harm they cause. Be aware of some of the signs of cannabis growth, and we’ll do the rest.”

Anyone with information on suspected drug production or criminal activity in their community can contact @MerPolCC, call 101 or come forward anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Some of the signs that cannabis is being grown are:

• Strange smells and sounds

• Frequent and varied visitors to a property, often at unusual times

• Gardening equipment being taken into a property, such as plant pots, fertiliser, fans and industrial lighting

• Windows are sealed and covered or the curtains are permanently closed

• Heat from an adjoining property

• Birds gathering on a roof in cold weather

• Individually these activities may seem commonplace, however, together may indicate something more suspicious

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