Drugs farm shut down by police who discovered it by fluke
Police seized £330,000 worth of drugs from a cannabis factory thanks to the latest in aerial technology.
High-tech cameras on-board the police helicopter was on the lookout for a car which failed to stop in Coventry.
Thermal imaging cameras then detected a bright heat source coming from a disused shop.
It is a strong indicator cannabis is being grown under incubators, police said.
Information was passed to city cops and on Friday, August 28 the suspicions were confirmed.
A warrant was executed and a large drugs farm uncovered. The property was near the junction of Harnall Lane East and Jesmond Road.
More than 300 cannabis plants were seized with an extensive cultivation equipment.
PC Antony Coy from the city centre team said:
“It was a professional set up. Offenders were stealing mains electricity to power the cannabis farm – and had even tarmacked the pavement which they’d dug up to wire directly into the street supply.
“The building had a reinforced steel door which we forced open and there was also an escape hatch in the bathroom leading to an adjacent flat. Two machetes were also recovered from the site.
“This is a big recovery for us and a significant blow to organised criminals.
“Anyone involved in the illegal supply of drugs runs the risk of being caught out by our eyes in the sky.”
The shop and flat were empty at the time of the raids; enquiries continue.
Anyone with information is asked to message us via Live Chat on our website or call 101; please quote crime reference 20CV/206763K/20.