Police uncovered a profitable little business in a former nightclub in Coventry. When they found cannabis with a value of £1 million.
Cannabis worth £1 million found: They were shocked when they discovered over 1,000 plants growing across 3 dance floors after raiding the premises on Thursday. The cannabis farm was protected by several reinforced doors. Which officers from the National Crime Agency (NCA) had to smash down to enter the building in Trinity Street. Along with the plants, officers recovered highly sophisticated growing and irrigation equipment with a value of £150,000.
During the raid three men were arrested, two of which had to be detained with the help of a drone as they tried to flee on foot. And were all charged with production of a class B drug. Vietnamese Cao Van Vu, 31 and Albanian Andi Qani, 24, appeared on Friday at Coventry Magistrates Court. And were remanded in custody until 12th November when they will appear at Warwick Crown Court.
Also, a third man, Adrian Lieshaj, 28, is wanted by German authorities for robberies and has a European Warrant out for his arrest. He appeared on Friday at Westminster Magistrates Court for an extradition hearing.
Meanwhile, Adam Warnock, NCA branch Commander, said. “This is a significant drug seizure which will have a huge impact on the organized crime groups involved. Depriving them of commodity and profit.
The size of the cannabis factory was significant and sophisticated, spread across three floors of a large building. It is certainly one of the largest grows ever uncovered by the NCA. Operations like this underline the value and power of working with law enforcement partners like West Midlands Police. To take down high-harm criminals. Our investigation into this seizure continues.”
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