300 cannabis plants found growing in Wolverhampton warehouse
Cannabis plants believed to be worth around £150,000 have been found growing in a canalside warehouse in Wolverhampton.
Police found more than 300 plants when they raided a warehouse in the Horseley Fields area, near the city centre, on Tuesday morning.
Tactical support officers used a chainsaw to cut their way into the the old cheese and butter warehouse in Union Mill Street, off Albion Street, in an operation which officers said had been planned for two weeks.
Inside the 19th century warehouse they found an organised cannabis farm including more than 300 plants, ventilation ducts and powerboards.
Photos from the scene showed plants at at various stages of maturity growing under artificial lights linked to extension leads hanging across the ceiling.
Neighbours in flats that overlook the old mill were alerted to the raid when they heard the chainsaw starting up at around 10.30am.
No arrests have been made yet as part of West Midlands Police's investigation. Officers are continuing to appeal for further information.
A West Midlands Police spokesman said: "We conducted a drugs warrant at an address on Union Mill Street in Wolverhampton just before 10am on Tuesday morning and found more than 300 cannabis plants – with an estimated worth of around £150,000
"Enquiries continue and anyone with information is asked to contact officers."
Sharing the find on Twitter, Heath Town and East Park Police said: "For a couple of weeks we have been planning this. Over 300 cannabis plants found after a drugs warrant was executed.
"Thanks to Ops Support and Wolves Police Offender Management Unit for helping us gain entry into very secure building. #JackPOT."
Anyone with information about the drugs raid is urged to call West Midlands Police on 101, quoting incident reference number 903 of May 26.
Alternatively, witnesses can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
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