Dec 12 2013 by Sophie McCoid, Skelmersdale Advertiser
SKELMERSDALE Police executed a drugs warrant last weekend and seized a record number of cannabis plants at an address in the town.
The neighbourhood policing team raided a house on the Tanhouse estate as part of Operation Fairmont which aims to tackle drug distribution across West Lancashire.
Officers stormed the house on Enstone on December 7 at 4:45pm and discovered a very large cannabis factory inside a three bedroomed house.
There were four rooms which held individual cannabis crops which were all of different maturity.
As well as the growing cannabis police also found a large amount of cropped cannabis ready to be distributed in the community.
Officers also found various equipment and drug related paraphernalia during the afternoon raid.
A spokesman for the neighbourhood policing team said: “This is the largest amount of cannabis found in Skelmersdale for a number of years and will make a very significant dent in the drugs on our streets.
“We hope this sends a clear message to people that drugs are not welcome in Skelmersdale and that police will do everything possible to rid them from the town.”
Last month officers seized 80 cannabis plants after carrying out a raid in Digmoor on November 24.
Officers found three rooms brimming with illegal plants that were due for cropping and distribution among the community.
The cannabis farm was found by chance as a police helicopter picked up the heat emanating from the property on its heat sensors while on an unrelated patrol.
As of yet no arrests have been made relating to the raid and police are pursuing various lines of enquiry.
Officers would encourage anyone with information about the raid or any criminal activity to ring police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 11 where no personal details will be taken.