1,000 cannabis plants valued at £600,000 discovered in warehouse in Friday Bridge
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Around 1,000 cannabis plants with an estimated value of £600,000 have been discovered in an abandoned warehouse in Friday Bridge.
Plants and growing equipment were seized by police at the warehouse on March Road yesterday (September 8) in what officers have called a “considerable” cannabis growing operation.
The fully-grown plants, believed to have been there for three to four weeks, were found on both floors of the two-storey warehouse at around 1.30pm, and police say that “four to five” men were seen running from the scene as they arrived.
Detective Sergeant Mark Plitsch said: “Yesterday afternoon a team from the exploitation side of Fenland Criminal Investigation Department (CID) attended the address where four to five males ran as soon as they arrived.
“The compound was secured. Following assistance we discovered the large installation of cannabis growth in full production, with two floors with four rooms and we believe 700 to 1,000 plants growing.”
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The factory is the second of its kind to be found in the Wisbech area after £100,000 worth of cannabis was found in a house in Princes Road 10 days ago.
Det Sgt Plitsch believes the cannabis factory has links with organised crime and potential exploitation in Fenland.
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He said: “It’s a considerable operation, and we believe it’s linked to organised crime and exploitation of which we’re fighting in Fenland.”
Officers are expected to remain at the site for the rest of the day while forensic tests are carried out and the equipment is removed. No arrests have yet been made.