Youth of 'Vietnamese origin' charged in connection with cannabis find

St Helens Star: Police outside the flat on Greenfield Road yesterday Police outside the flat on Greenfield Road yesterday

A 16-YEAR-OLD boy, believed to be of Vietnamese origin, has been charged in connection with the operation of cannabis farm that police found in a flat above a chip shop.

More than 600 plants and associated cultivating equipment were discovered by officers who arrived on Monday morning with a warrant to search a flat above a takeaway in Greenfield Road, Dentons Green.

They seized plants and equipment with a potential value of more than £600,000.

The teenager was of no fixed address, said police.

The manager at the Tasty Corner fish and chip shop told the Star: “Police were here when I arrived for work at 10am. I was a bit shocked. It is nothing to do with the business at all, we are open as normal. The flat was rented out to somebody.”

A Merseyside police spokesman described the seizure as “quite a substantial haul” from a medium sized farm with plants, lighting and irrigation equipment being found in the three room flat and loft. Police said the person arrested was not connected with the takeaway.

“There were 600-plus plants and our dismantling team was there until 1pm. A fully mature cannabis plant can produce £1,000 worth of drugs so this is quite a substantial haul,” he explained.

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