Massive Cannabis Farm Worth £1 Millon Uncovered Inside Former Nightclub
A massive cannabis farm worth £1 million ($1.3 million) has been uncovered in a nightclub.
Officers from the National Crime Agency (NCA) stormed the property on Trinity Street in Coventry on Thursday (15 October) and found around 1,000 plants over three floors.
Cops found £150,000 ($194,000) worth of 'sophisticated' growing, planting and irrigation equipment.
With the help of drones, officers also managed to apprehend two men who were seen attempting to escape.
Three men were eventually arrested and charged with producing a class B drug.
Speaking about the operation, NCA branch commander Adam Warnock said it was one of the largest farms ever uncovered by the unit.
He said: "This is a significant drug seizure which will have a huge impact on the organised crime groups involved, depriving them of commodity and profit.
"The size of the cannabis factory was significant and sophisticated, spread across three floors of a large building. It is certainly one of the largest grows ever uncovered by the NCA. Our investigation into this seizure continues."
Albanian national Andi Qani, 24, and Cao Van Vu, 31, from Vietnam, appeared before Coventry Magistrates Court on Friday and were remanded in custody until their next appearance at Warwick Crown Court on 12 November.
The third man allegedly involved in the crime was a 28-year-old Albanian national called Adrian Lieshaj.
Police found that he was wanted by German authorities for robbery offences and was subject to a European Arrest Warrant and was taken to Westminster Magistrates' Court in order for his extradition case to be heard.
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The operation was carried out along with the support of the West Midlands Police Cannabis Disruption Team.
Chief Superintendent Lee Wharmby, head of West Midlands Police's Operations department, said it was a great result for the force.
He said: "Our pilots helped detain two people using our state-of-the art drones equipped with thermal imaging cameras.
"It's always great when we can help out a partner agency. Our job is to protect the public and drones are invaluable to us."
Earlier this year, police in Birmingham managed to stumble upon a cannabis farm after a car officers were chasing smashed into a building housing 50 plants inside.
West Midlands Police were chasing a stolen Audi when it collided with a van and hit a shop in Stirchley at 5.30am on Monday 28 September.
As they arrested the 15-year-old driver, officers went into the shop to warn occupants that it could be unsafe after the crash, which was when they smelt cannabis coming from the flats above.
When they went upstairs, they discovered 50 plants growing inside.
West Midlands Police said: "We are investigating after about 50 cannabis plants were discovered in a flat above a shop during checks for damage to buildings on Dogpool Road following the collision.
"No arrests were made. This is being treated as a separate incident."
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