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Cannabis farm raid reveals rooms full of sick or dying plants

May 13, 2022 | Media Partners, The GrowthOp

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‘Sophisticated,’ but illegal, grow in house was on its last legs.

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It’s unlikely any tears were shed when U.K. police looking to shut down thriving illegal cannabis grow instead discovered a whole lot of dead plants.

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Although medicinal marijuana is legal throughout the U.K., recreational weed continues to be illegal to have, own, supply, make, import or export.

Executing a Misuse of Drugs Act warrant on a home in Scarborough on the afternoon of May 11, members of the North Yorkshire Police’s (NYP) Operation Expedite team forcibly entered the property.

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Once inside, members of the team, whose focus is drug dealing and safeguarding exploited people, could see the home had been converted into a sophisticated grow. Three upstairs rooms housed many marijuana plants that police valued at thousands of dollars, that is, had they been alive.

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Photos of the grow, each appearing more pathetic than the last, almost seem to emit a ghostly glow. An NYP statement notes “the plants appeared to be in the process of dying, having not been watered for several days.”

Beyond confiscating the illicit plants, officers seized high-value growing equipment such as lights, filters and transformers.

The grow has since been dismantled. Although no suspects were found on the property, the police probe is continuing.

Police image of one growing room, fully equipped with lighting and fans, discovered in unoccupied home. /
Police image of one growing room, fully equipped with lighting and fans, discovered in unoccupied home. / Photo by North Yorkshire Police

Indeed, the NYP issued a cheeky tweet letting the former farm’s operators know that the grow had been put out of business.

“Do you own or rent a house on Spring Bank in Scarborough? You may need to visit the local police station to get a new set of keys…” the tweet noted.

It’s tough for a cannabis plant to overcome water loss.

“Underwatering results mainly from neglect,” per Royal Queen Seeds. “Plants usually get too dry when growers go on holiday or a heatwave strikes. In extremely hot conditions, missing a day or two of watering can seriously impact a plant’s vitality.”

Outside heat seems not to have been an issue in Yorkshire, with the highest temperature recorded in the days before the discovery hitting just 19 C.

Even living plants would ultimately have been destroyed, so perhaps part of the job was completed before police even arrived on the scene.

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One instance in which the cops were too late, though, occurred in California during the summer of 2021. Officers were likely expecting a big haul, after receiving complaints about a skunky smell coming from a commercial property, but found only bits and pieces of what had been a large, illegal weed grow.

Although the police made no mention of whether or not the grow is believed to be linked to a criminal organization, that has been an issue in the U.K. like in other areas of the world.

Police believed organized crime was linked to a multi-million-dollar find last November, when 1,000-plus cannabis plants were seized from a grow site in a former working men’s club.

Earlier this year in January, police called to investigate a vehicle crash ended up finding about 2,000 cannabis plants valued at $3.4 million in a nearby abandoned factory after noticing a number of cables running to the property.

“We know that some people within our communities view cannabis production and supply as a less serious crime, but we need people to understand that it is often linked to very serious crime organizations,” Inspector Al Lumley of the Warminster Police said at the time.

And just this past March, a 39-year-old organized crime leader who earned millions of dollars while running 12 cannabis factories was sentenced to six years and eight months in prison.

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