A man was found sitting inside a £1.5m cannabis factory after police burst into a Liverpool home.
Officers discovered the “large-scale” drugs operation and a 24-year-old man inside the property after raiding the address in Anfield .
Police released pictures from inside the cannabis factory which was spread across four rooms and contained a total of 435 plants, police said.
The drugs enterprise was busted by Merseyside Police around 10.45am on Wednesday.
Equipment was also seized an electricity meter suspected of being used in the cannabis venture made safe.
A Merseyside Police spokesman said: “A 24-year-old man of no fixed abode was found inside the property.
“He has been arrested on suspicion of cannabis production; abstraction of electricity and an immigration offence.
“He has been taken to a police station for questioning.”
And police said people were being put in danger due to the fire and flood risks from cannabis factories.
Matt Brown, who leads the police’s dedicated Cannabis Dismantling Team, said: “Cannabis grown on such a large scale presents a massive risk to those who have the misfortune to live in the vicinity.
“On this occasion, the electricity meter had been bypassed, which can and does cause fires to break out. Nobody wants to live next door to a fire and flood risk.
“We’ll keep working alongside local authorities, energy companies and housing providers to take action. “The production of all illegal drugs also attracts serious, violent crime to these doorsteps, and we’re determined to remove all of these threats.”
He added: “If you are worried that cannabis is being grown in your community, tell us what you know and we will take action to make your streets safer. Be aware of some of the signs and how to report them to us, and we’ll do the rest.”
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 sinister
Anyone with information on suspected cannabis growing in their community can contact @MerPolCC, call 101 or come forward anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.