Sparkhill residents fear their ward is spiralling out of control after THREE cannabis grow houses were discovered “within 50 yards of another”.
A spokesman from the Sparkhill Neighbourhood Forum said the increase in growth homes is having devastating effects in the area.
They claim properties are sometimes targeted by rival drug dealers who will use weapons including machetes and knives to take over the lucrative crops.
The illicit crop has been found all over the ward in recent months much to the shock of the local community.
The spokesman said: “In the last six months, I know of four or five I know that these houses are getting broken into because there’s cannabis growing in there.
“Other drug dealers find out about these houses and when it’s ready to be distributed, they are breaking in and taking the crop.”
BirminghamLive has decided not to name the roads but were told ‘three farms were found within 50 yards of each other but all are within Sparkhill.“
“They are rented properties, mid-terraced homes, if you walk past these homes you would never know that it was a grow house,” the spokesman added.
“I was talking to one resident who lives close to the grow house and he heard noises at 4am.
“There was a commotion going on and he came out to check and saw four guys with balaclavas. They told him to get back inside his own house and it had noting to do with him.
“They broke into the grow house and the police came and arrested them all.”
The spokesman said landlords needed to do more checks into the background of potential tenants before they let their properties out.
He added: “It’s bad for the area. Youngsters think it is easy money if they set up a grow house. In the last six months, it has escalated and they are popping up everywhere.
“It needs looking into. Why are landlords letting these properties out. They need to do more background checks.”
Sergeant Hanif Ullah, from the Springfield neighbourhood police team, said : “We are having some success in locating and recovering drugs from various properties in the area, this all comes down to the support of the community in telling us when they suspect a cannabis factory.
“We do act on such intelligence, and I ask that the public continue to support us and contact police or report it anonymously through the charity Crimestoppers.
“Illegal drugs harm our communities and it is only by working together that we can fight such crimes.”