British police this week reportedly found thousands of cannabis plants at an abandoned tire factory in what has been described as the largest weed kill in the region.
british newspaper Independent report Law enforcement in a sleepy Lincolnshire village have demolished one of the largest cannabis plants in history after discovering 6,000 plants inside an old tire factory, worth around £6.5million. It is believed that
“This is one of the largest cannabis cultivations ever discovered in Lincolnshire and marks the development of great intelligence,” said investigator Richard Nethercott. . quoted by Lincolnshire World.
“Cannabis production is by no means harmless. It is often associated with broader organized criminal activity, so tackling the broader problem of drug supply is a key priority of ours. Lincolnshire Police continue to be determined to crack down on criminal enterprises and keep drugs out of circulation.”
According to the BBC “Three men aged 28, 38 and 42, all of no fixed address, were detained after a raid” and the factory was “removed and destroyed.”
The raid “took place around 8am on Tuesday at a property behind a rural village pub,” it said. Independentstated that the property was the site of “Old Kingshead Tire Works in Hubertsbridge, near Boston.”
The raid may have been remarkable for Lincolnshire, but it falls into the familiar narrative genre here high timesdocumented some of the more peculiar cannabis busts from across the pond.
In 2019, we talked about a 120-year-old Victorian theater in London with a $51 million marijuana farming operation.
Officials there speculated that the growing site had operated for about ten years in the bowels of an old Broadway theater built in 1897.
A London Police spokesperson said “police officers have been summoned to the address following reports of the disturbance”.
“They found a large number of cannabis plants along with equipment used for growing cannabis in the area below residential properties. A woman was arrested. They were all released under investigation,” a spokeswoman said at the time.
A few years later, the British tried again, this time discovering illegal farming operations in a 17th-century castle in Somerset in the south of England.
That same year, 2021, a giant grow house was discovered in London’s financial district, which has gone quiet amid the lockdown restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Police at the time responded to reports of pungent cannabis odors in the area.
London detective Andy Spooner, who is overseeing the investigation, said: “This is the city’s first cannabis factory and it has responded to fewer people going out during the pandemic that may have noticed unusual activity. There is no doubt that it was founded at the time. “However, this shows that the City of London Police continue to actively police the Square Mile and suppress crimes committed here.”
And last year, the village of West Parley in the UK provided yet another example when locals discovered half a dozen suspicious plants growing in a community garden.
The marijuana plants were hard to miss, and at the time one local described them as “soaring above the bedding plants.”