• Neighbours should keep an eye for industrial looking equipment going into the house.
• Landlords should also be suspicious if the tenant wants to meet in a different place other than the house to pay rent or discuss the property.
• Landlords – be aware that the individual paying the rent will usually want to pay cash up front and will try to encourage no visiting from the landlord. It’s a good idea for landlords to visit their properties and keep an eye out for tell-tale signs, like a strong smell coming from the premises or windows being blacked out.
• Look for signs of big external fans being fitted or the electrical supply to the house being tampered with.
• Another tell-tale sign is when people move in and very soon after there is considerable building work taking place inside the property.
• You should also look for blacked out windows and there may also be considerable heat coming from the premises.
• The growing farms for drugs are referred to as ‘factories’. The way in which the drugs are grown can vary from single plants in houses to a large scale cannabis production. The most common type of factory is found in residential houses. Walls are often knocked down so you are left with an empty shell that has been turned into a giant enclosed green house.
• Neighbours – you are the key. You should be suspicious if people are coming and going from the premises often and only staying for short amounts of time.
Drugs are a problem which can lurk closer than you probably think. But it is possible for you to do your bit to stamp it out – all you need to know is what to look for. DSI Steve Benson Davison from South Wales Police has some helpful tips on how to tell if your neighbour is growing drugs:
Their legal status is due to them containing brand new chemicals that have not undergone proper or any research. Because of this, it is not known whether they are safe or harmful to consume. Some former legal highs can be as harmful as illegal drugs and are now classified as such.
Drugs are divided into one of 3 ‘classes’ – A, B and C – based on the harm they cause to individuals and society.
Along with Lincolnshire Trading Standards we monitor the activities in the Lincolnshire area.
*The government can ban new drugs for 1 year under a ‘temporary banning order’ while they decide how the drugs should be classified.
Types of drugs
The maximum penalties for drug possession, supply (selling, dealing or sharing) and production depend on what type or ‘class’ the drug is.
Psychoactive substances penalties
If you’re under 18, the police are allowed to tell your parent, guardian or carer that you’ve been caught with drugs.