A rented property in South Wales was converted into a cannabis farm by its tenants and was only discovered when police went to investigate a suspected break-in.

One neighbour called the police after witnessing what he thought was a burglary at the two-story rented house in Maindee, the South Wales Argus revealed.

Instead, investigations revealed a drugs den that is reported to have contained some tens of thousands of pounds worth of cannabis plants.

The authorities noted that the private landlord was not involved in what was taking place in the property, which had been adapted with watering systems, heat lamps and ventilation.

Hampshire Police has offered some guidance to landlords on how to keep their rented properties free from illegal drug-related activities.

It explained that landlords risk a maximum term of 14 years imprisonment if they allow tenants to be involved in the production of drugs on the premises, under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.

A fine and seizure of the property could also be enforced.

Written by Sarah FieldADNFCR-2002-ID-19422368-ADNFCR

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