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Another multi-million-dollar weed farm found inside disused U.K. warehouse

Jan 10, 2022 | Media Partners, The GrowthOp

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Sprawling illegal grow-op worth an estimated $5.2 million.

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The sophisticated and extensive cannabis grow-op discovered in a disused warehouse in Birmingham, U.K., last week was among the largest scale operations raided by West Midlands Police in recent months.

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Containing 3,112 cannabis plants spread over three storeys of the vacant factory, police estimate the value of the “huge drugs factory” is about £3 million ($5.2 million), notes a police statement.

During the raid at about 9:45 a.m. on Jan. 6, which was carried out following receipt of intelligence suggesting the property was being used as a drug factory, officers forced entry to the unit. There, they discovered an illegal grow-op that sprawled across three storeys of the building.

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“It’s one of the biggest we’ve discovered in recent months and we suspect it’s being used to fund organized crime,” the police report.

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Three Vietnamese men — aged 26, 36 and 36 — who police believe are in the U.K. illegally were arrested on scene and later charged with cannabis cultivation.

Supplying or producing a Class B drug, which includes cannabis, can lead to a maximum penalty of 14 years in prison, an unlimited fine or both.

“This was a really extensive set-up, not the biggest we’ve encountered, but certainly up there in terms of scale,” Mike Hall, cannabis disposal team manager for the West Midlands Police, says in the statement.

Emphasizing that the police “always value information” that they receive from the public, Hall encouraged anyone with suspicions to contact police.

“Cannabis factories like this are often linked to organized and violent crime, tend to attract anti-social behaviour and are serious fire risks because of the way electricity is bypassed and the dodgy wiring,” he explains.

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In the latest incident, “the electricity supply had been bypassed to power the extensive lighting and extraction system — and a trench dug into the road to tap into the mains,” the statement notes.

Warehouses have proved a popular spot for pot production in the U.K.

In the spring of 2021, police in Scotland discovered a large, illegal grow, estimated to have a street value of £600,000 ($1 million), after reportedly smelling cannabis and hearing the sound of large fans operating.

And just last November, 12 people were arrested after the cops found almost 6,000 cannabis plants spread across 23 rooms in a U.K. warehouse.

Large cannabis factories, many times in disused buildings or properties that have been purchased or leased specifically for growing illegal weed, have also been found in Clacton, in Pontypridd and in West Midlands.

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