A raid recently conducted at the property found the 2 story, 20 room building to be completely full of marijuana. Law enforcement had to wait outside the shelter for someone from inside to leave as the doors were completely impenetrable. Three men were arrested when they left the building and officers used their keys to enter where they found three more men inside. The ages of the six men ranged from 15 to 45 years old.
Officers stated, “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. 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. I am convinced it is one of the largest crops ever discovered in Wiltshire.”
The three men found inside the bunker were arrested on suspicion of cannabis production, while the three men arrested outside the compound have been arrested on suspicion of cannabis production and human trafficking.
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When law enforcement entered the home they found all four bedrooms converted into a large grow operation. Roughly 300 marijuana plants, in various stages of growth, were removed from the home. They also found about 50 electrical junction boxes being used, with exposed wires running throughout the building. One man was arrested in connection with the plants and has been charged for drug offenses. Inspector Andy Reeves said, “This is the biggest cannabis grow I have seen in my police service. It appears to be a very professional set-up and I am really pleased we have been able to stop these drugs circulating in the area.”
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The report found that cannabis was the most commonly used illegal drug across every region, with numbers that have increased since a 2010/2011 study. The use of ecstasy and antidepressants has increased in many southern regions. Professor Catherine Comiskey, Minister for the NACDA, said of the report, “A comparison of the 2014/15 figures with the 2010/11 figures shows an overall increase in recent and current use of cannabis, ecstasy and anti-depressants in many regions.” She hopes to bring a new National Drugs Strategy before the government by the end of March, using the new study to strengthen support for the policy.
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