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£2.5 million cannabis found in huge Brownhills drugs bust

By Tom Oakley | Brownhills | Crime | Published:

One of the West Midlands largest ever cannabis factories has been uncovered by police.

Police raiding the massive cannabis factory in Brownhills

Officers seized £2.5 million-worth of cannabis – and a weapon covered in faeces – in the raid at Brownhills Business Park this week.

Almost 2,400 plants were found growing in 19 rooms across two separate floors in two industrial units.

Weapons were also found in the factory, including a deadly bat with nails in the end which had been dipped in faeces, and soil was piled up to the roof.

Officers were first alerted to the site when an electricity engineer reported a power surge at a substation near Lindon Road and the smell of cannabis in the air.

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So far nobody has been arrested but West Midlands Police’s specialist Cannabis Team believe there were at least 10 ‘growers’ living there.

Police carried out the raid on Tuesday morning.

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A spokesman for the force said: "On August 28 we took a call from an electricity engineer reporting a power surge at a substation near Lindon Road, Brownhills, that was damaging fuses.

“He also reported a smell of cannabis in the air and reported suspicions to police.

“Officers found an old factory unit in Brownhills Business Park off Lindon Road with up to 2,000 cannabis plants across two floors of two buildings – one of the largest cannabis factory finds this year.

“The force’s specialist cannabis disposal team was still clearing the property on Wednesday.

“There are no arrests at this stage and enquiries on-going.”

Tom Oakley

By Tom Oakley
Trainee Multi-Media Journalist

Express & Star reporter responsible for covering Walsall and Staffordshire. Got a story? Email tom.oakley@expressandstar.co.uk or call 01902 319482.

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