Police officers have busted a huge cannabis factory in the Black Country. It came after intelligence reports indicated that drugs were being grown at an industrial site in Kingswinford.
A warrant was executed at the address where around one thousand plants were discovered after officers sawed their way through a shutter. They have an estimated street value of a whopping £1 million.
Electrics had been bypassed at the address, with the tarmac outside being dug up and relaid, police have said. No one was found at the scene, but the presence of shopping indicated to police that someone had been there recently.
A spokesperson for West Midlands Police said: “Nobody was present when officers arrived but living quarters were discovered, containing CCTV equipment and a large quantity of groceries, suggesting that the building had recently been inhabited.
“Officers also found the electricity supply had been bypassed with freshly laid tarmac revealing that parts of the pavement outside the unit had been dug up and relaid. Officers remain at the scene and have called in specialist support to help make the site safe so that a further search can be conducted, material can be gathered for forensic analysis and the plants can be disposed of.
“Drug dealing has no place on our streets, it fuels crime and cannabis farms where drugs are cultivated pose additional dangers of fire and electrocution associated with re-routing the electricity.”
They added: “If you can help with our investigation please call 101 or contact us via LiveChat on our website quoting the crime 20/762717/23. You can also get in touch with us if you suspect there is a cannabis farm where you live.
“For more information about drug dealing and production and your options, go to https://www.west-midlands.police.uk/your-options/cannabis-factories.“
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