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Break-in report leads officers to 'hundreds of cannabis plants spread across multiple rooms'

Jul 13, 2022 | Media Partners, The GrowthOp

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The pot plants were taken away to be destroyed and the growing equipment was to be made useless.

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Five people in the U.K., including two teens, were detained this week after Nottinghamshire Police officers investigating a reported break-in instead unearthed a large-scale cannabis grow-op.

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The discovery of “hundreds of plants spread across multiple rooms” was made shortly after 5 a.m. on July 12, notes a police statement.

Taking, carrying, making, selling, dealing, supplying and cultivating cannabis is illegal in the U.K.

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The plants were taken away to be destroyed and the growing equipment was to be made useless, the police report.

“This is an industrial-scale grow that has now been taken off line permanently,” Detective Inspector Jon Kerry of Nottinghamshire Police says in the statement.

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“Cannabis production on this scale is an extremely serious crime that often brings with it associated offences like burglary, modern slavery and serious acts of violence,” Kerry points out.

Three men — aged 56, 55 and 40 — were arrested on “suspicion of being concerned in the production of a Class B drug.” That class also includes speed, ketamine, mephedrone and some amphetamines, according to NI Direct Government Services, and is punishable by a maximum 14-year prison sentence, unlimited fine or both upon conviction for supplying or producing.

Beyond the three men, the police note that two 17-year-olds were also detained on suspicion of producing cannabis.

As of July 12, all five people remained in police custody.

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The Nottinghamshire area is no stranger to illegal cannabis grows, reported break-ins and police probes.

Over just a two-week period earlier this year, officers seized almost 800 cannabis plants. The confiscations included two busts in Mansfield on the same day, with the first involving 100 plants in the bedrooms and garage of local property and the second involving 40 plants in a separate home.

This past spring, dozens of weed plants were seized and destroyed after officers investigating a house that had been broken into found an illicit grow, per Nottinghamshire Live.

And in December 2020, Nottinghamshire police again were responding to a suspected break-in when officers found a large grow in an upstairs flat. While four suspects initially escaped — they were later arrested — a check of the property revealed a sophisticated cannabis farm with about 400 plants.

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Information from Nottinghamshire Police notes the service is “committed to robustly investigating crime associated with cannabis in its bid to protect the public.”

It calls on community members to consider signs of possible grow-ops, such as the strong, sickly smell given off by cannabis plants, high levels of condensation, external modifications to a property, such as ventilation, strong and constant lighting both day and night and the presence of many power cables.

As for landlords and letting agents, “consequences of allowing cannabis cultivation include reduction in property values, increased insurance premiums, hostile tenants and up to 14 years imprisonment and a criminal record,” it adds.

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