£18,000 cannabis haul in factory raid

Some of the drugs found in the house.
Some of the drugs found in the house.
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A MAN has admitted setting up a drugs factory in his home where police discovered a haul of up to £18,000 of cannabis.

Liam Melrose pleaded guilty to producing cannabis after officers found 55 cannabis plants growing in the front room and bedroom at his home on Hawes Side Lane, Marton.

Blackpool Magistrates Court heard police believed Melrose, 21, now of Preston New Road, Marton, could have made between £12,560 and £18,840 from the plants once cultivated.

Martine Connah, prosecuting, said officers executed a warrant at Melrose’s home on December 21.

Hawes Side councillor Norman Hardy today said drugs are a “blot” on the local landscape.

He said: “Unfortunately it’s the state of the world that we are in that people are trying to find new ways of relaxing through illegal ways.

“We have had a few drug raids in the ward over the years, and it’s not necessarily new to us.

“The residents know if they have any concerns they can speak to us about it and we can take it from there.

“At the end of the day it’s up to the residents to report this behaviour – they are the ones who see it day in, day out, and unless they tell us, there’s not much we can do about it.

“A lot of work is being done to stamp out these drugs issues, but we do need the neighbours on our side.”

Coun Hardy said it would have been unsettling for people living near Melrose’s house while it was being raided.

He added: “I’ve been on a police raid in the past, and part of the psyche is that they make a lot of noise to confuse the people inside. They’re usually carried out at breakfast time, when people are not at their best.”

Coun Jim Elmes, who represents Marton on Blackpool Council, said: “These people who manufacture drugs are selling to kids, leading them down the road to get them onto something else. It starts with cannabis, and goodness knows where they end up.

“The police are doing an excellent job in catching them out.”

Melrose will appear at Preston Crown Court for sentencing on May 23.

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