This was the appalling state of a Smethwick home as police burst in during a huge cannabis bust.
Officers from the West Midlands Police cannabis team made a shock discovery while raiding a property on Bertram Road this morning (January 11).
Police found cannabis plants worth a staggering total of £100,000 inside the house.
But it was how the residents were seen to be living which astonished the experienced officers.
A dramatic image, posted by police, captures the shocking lengths at which West Midlands cannabis cultivators are willing to go for ‘greed’.
They discovered the occupants were living in the HALLWAY of the property – so that they could use the rooms to house the cannabis plants.
Pots and pans were seen strewn across a filthy floor along with cutlery and empty food packaging.
There is even a functional fridge in the make-shift kitchen and wires drape across the ceiling.
And a worktop appears to have been laid across the radiator to use for food preparation.
Cannabis Team tweeted the image on Friday morning alongside the caption: “Existing in a hallway so the rest of the house can be used for growing cannabis #weedandgreed.”
West Midlands Police confirmed around a hundred plants had been discovered from the house and that the investigation was continuing.
A statement from the force read: “Around 100 cannabis plants were discovered at an address in Bertram Road, Smethwick this morning. Enquiries are on-going.”
Suspect your neighbour may be growing a cannabis farm? These are the tell-tale signs according to police.
Tell-tale signs of a cannabis factory
Tell-tale signs of a cannabis factory include:
*A strong, sweet, leafy odour coming from an address.
*A constant low humming noise.
*Windows blacked out or curtains drawn all day.
*Large silver ducting tubes coming from the property.
*Powerful lights on at night.
*Residents not living at the premises full time, only visiting for short periods.
*Fertiliser regularly being taken to the property.
To report a cannabis farm ring police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
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