Illegal Cannabis Growing And Disused Nuclear Bunkers Go Hand in Hand
Illegal cannabis growing is a problem in the UK. For instance, police have discovered an abandoned nuclear bunker with a cannabis farm in it worth some over $1.1 million. There were several thousand cannabis plants growing inside. The bunker is located in Wiltshire, UK.
Some six men were arrested during the raid, on suspicion of cannabis production and other charges. Almost all of the 20 rooms of the nuclear bunker were filled to the brim with marijuana plants.
Detective Inspector Paul Franklin of Wiltshire Police said: “Almost every single room had been converted for the wholesale production of cannabis plants, and there was a large amount of evidence of previous crops. This was an enormous set up”.
He went on saying that:“at this early stage of the investigation it is almost impossible to work out how many plants are inside, but we are talking thousands rather than hundreds and we would estimate the value of the crop at over £1 million”.
The bunker was part of a group of 17 others similar to it that were built during the 1950’s and onward and was aimed at protecting government officials in case of a nuclear attack. This bunker, in particular, called Chilmark, was built in 1985 which stopped its operations in 1992 and was then sold off in 1997.
Nevertheless, the blast doors remained in place and made the entrance an almost impossibility for police officers. So, they had to stake out the entrance and wait for the suspects to leave before arresting them, taking their keys and then going inside. According to the official report, three of the men were arrested outside and the other three, a 15-year-old included, were inside. Some of the men were taken into custody on suspicion of cannabis production, as well as human trafficking.
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