Large cannabis farm found at Lipson property

Police discovered a large cannabis farm hidden inside a terraced house in Lipson after making a routine inquiry in response to a concern for welfare.

Late on Sunday night the force received an online report from a member of the public stating they believed a property was being used to grow cannabis. Initial inquiries from officers revealed that residents in Knighton Road had concerns for the well being of a fellow neighbour and police were unable to get a response from the front door.

The landlord was traced and officers were finally able to gain entry – and discovered the large cannabis growing set up.

A police spokesperson said that four rooms were given over to the sophisticated growing operation over the ground and first floor, with an additional room being used to harvest a previous crop and the loft space being used as part of the cannabis production process.

A total of 173 plants were found at the property.

Some of the marijuana plants seized by police at the Knighton Road cannabis farm
Some of the marijuana plants seized by police at the Knighton Road cannabis farm
(Image: Devon and Cornwall Police)

Police said that no-one was present at the property and further inquiries are ongoing with regards to their whereabouts. It is estimated that the illegal growing operation had been running for at least five or six months. Door to door inquiries were carried out by the police spokesperson told PlymouthLive that neighbours appeared entirely unaware of the cannabis farm.

Workers from Western Power were also called to the property to make it safe as it was believed the electricity supply had been hacked into to provide free power.

The house was made secure and officers returned on Monday March 22 to dispose of the cannabis and dismantle the growing equipment.

Plymouth Live