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Crashed van leads to the discovery of 2,000 cannabis plants

Jan 14, 2022 | Media Partners, The GrowthOp

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The plants have since been removed and are scheduled for incineration. No arrests have been made.

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Police in the U.K. were investigating a single-vehicle accident when something else caught their eye.

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They noticed a number of cables running into an abandoned factory in Westbury, in the English county of Wiltshire , and became suspicious, reports Planet Radio UK. 

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The hunch proved accurate. Inside the building, spread across three floors, police discovered 2,000 cannabis plants that they estimate to be worth £2 million pounds ($3.4 million).

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The plants have since been removed and are scheduled for incineration. No arrests have been made and the investigation remains ongoing.

“Since the discovery of the plants over the weekend, our team of detectives have been working hard to understand more about this operation and the people who have been seen entering the building over recent weeks and months,” said detective sergeant Andy Morley.

“Obviously, due to the scale of the operation, we have had to work carefully to manage the site and we have now been able to remove all the plants and ensure they are incinerated,” he added.

Those leads are few at the moment, police suspect the grow has ties to organized crime.

“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,” said inspector Al Lumley.

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Large-scale grows in abandoned or disused buildings are quite common in the U.K.

Just last week, more than 3,000 plants were discovered in a vacant factory in Birmingham , U.K. The bust was valued at £3 million ($5.2 million), making it among the largest discoveries by West Midlands Police in recent months.

Three men were arrested at the scene and charged with cannabis cultivation.

Police suspect that grow, too, is linked to organized crime.

“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,” Mike Hall, cannabis disposal team manager for the West Midlands Police, said in a statement.

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