Police forced their way into the property on Church Street at about 6pm on Monday evening after keeping watch since before 10am, according to neighbours.
It took two days to clear the premises of the plants and equipment found. In total, around 200 drugs plants at various stages of growth were seized.
The extensive makeshift factory was spread over three floors of the premises opposite Southport college, but it is not known if anyone was living there when it was searched.
One neighbour told the Visiter: “I have known about it for three months because of the smell. You could actually smell it from the college.”
Another neighbour, Mike Carroll, said he was not surprised that the drug farm had been found.
The father-of-three said: “The police always find them in the end, it was only a matter of time. It has been going on all summer. You could smell it just standing on the doorstep.”
Mr Carroll, an electrical contractor, said the problems started when new tenants moved into the house.
He said: “I had not noticed the house until this year, when different people moved in. Then there were always people sitting on chairs out the front, dodgy looking people.
“There was always a lot of people coming and going, it is bringing the tone of the neighbourhood down. I have a family and it is a worry.”
No-one has yet been arrested in relation to the offences.
via : South Port Visiter
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