A pensioner discovered a neighbours’ cannabis farm after her pet West Highland terrier dogs became ‘high’.
66 year old Valerie Bailey noticed her dogs acting out of character and detected a strange smell in her bedroom. The former hairdresser alerted her local police who stormed her neighbours’ semi-detached home to find over 200 cannabis plants.
Mrs Bailey explained to the media that the fumes from the drugs were causing both she and her husband David, 69 years old, to feel ill.
“It was incredibly hot upstairs in our house and my husband and I could detect this strong smell which was making us both cough. It’s been terrible. My cough got so bad I had to have a course of anti-biotics and my husband David has got leukaemia so it hasn’t helped his chest at all. I don’t know what cannabis smells like but we guessed that was what it must be.
“I am sure my dogs were affected. We have two little West Highland terriers. I noticed I was having trouble waking up one of them in the morning which was very unusual.”
In the next door neighbours’ house, the police officers discovered two of the three bedrooms were full of large cannabis plants growing beneath lights controlled by 12 hour timers. The third bedroom was also being prepared for plants and even the bathroom was full of bottles of Monster Bloom plant food.
According to police, the two ‘gardeners’ that had been looking after the cannabis plants were believed to be Vietnamese and had not been seen since Bank Holiday Monday so arrests have yet to be made.
The neighbourhood specialist police constable for the Tilehurst area, Tim Emery explained that drug producers often chose property in respectable areas to produce cannabis like this in order to avoid attracting attention to themselves.
It is understood that both the Baileys and their West Highland terriers are in good health.