Officers remained at the property for days as they dismantled the operation.
A group of balaclava-clad men seeking entry to a U.K. home has led to the discovery of cannabis grow.
Cautions about electricity being stolen to run cannabis grows is a common refrain from police but, earlier this year, it became a reality for a neighbourhood in the Nottinghamshire region of England.
An industrial unit housing 300-plus cannabis plants was bypassing the electrical meter and extracting so much power to fuel the illegal enterprise that “the rest of the estate was experiencing power cuts,” reported the Nottinghamshire Police.
A search of the property led to the arrest of two men and police estimated the operation was dodging tens of thousands of pounds worth of electricity bills.
Last year, police in the U.K. warned that some illegal cultivators may be playing dress-up to surreptitiously source power, noting local drug gang members were posing as utility workers and road workers to connect to the grid illegally.
“Those running the factories are digging up the roads, posing as legitimate workers, and then refilling the roads back in as if nothing has been done, once they have managed to tap into the power supply,” a police spokesperson said.
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