5th Dec, 2016

Police swoop on city's largest ever cannabis factory with street value of £2 million

Chris Willmott 5th Feb, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

THE LARGEST cannabis factory in Coventry been discovered at a former indoor market following a police raid.

Drugs with a street value of more than £2 million were recovered after officers cut through shutters and secure doors to get into the premises.

A total of 2,145 plants and herbal cannabis were found in Riley Square, Wood End, after officers swooped at just before 9pm yesterday (Thursday, February 4).

The police neighbourhood team acted after growing suspicious about the premises and executed a search warrant.

Three men, aged 50, 47 and 20 have been arrested on suspicion of cannabis cultivation and are being questioned by officers.

Sergeant Hinesh Mehta, of the Longford neighbourhood team, said: “This appears to be a professional set-up producing a large quantity of drugs.

“We are committed to tackling drugs and act on information we receive from the public.

“We would encourage anyone with suspicions about an address they believe is linked to drugs to contact us.”

Signs that a cannabis farm may be in a property include:

• Gardening equipment such as plant pots, fertiliser and compost being taken into a property – particularly if the property doesn’t have a garden.

• Frequent visitors to the property, often at unusual times.

• Windows sealed or covers or curtains permanently drawn may be an attempt to hide what’s happening behind closed doors.

• Heat from adjoining properties could indicate that an artificial climate is being created for the tropical plants.

• Pungent smells from the cannabis plants and strange sounds from heating equipment extractor fans.

If you suspect someone of growing drugs can call police on 101.