January 27, 2022

British police discover huge cannabis factory in forgotten nuclear bunker

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From WN

After receiving an anonymous tip, Wiltshire police in the United Kingdom discovered an underground bunker that was producing £2 million worth of cannabis a year on Friday, according to The Guardian.

DI Simon Pope, of Wiltshire police, said it was “the biggest cannabis factory we’ve ever had in Wiltshire and the south-west region. The isolated and secure nature of the location made the warrant particularly challenging.”

Martin Fillery, 45, Plamen Nguyen, 27, and Ross Winter, 30, all admitted to running the large-scale factory producing marijuana which results in charges of conspiracy to produce class B drugs and abstracting electricity.

The bunker contained more than 4,000 cannabis plants during the midnight raid on RGHQ Chilmark.

“In addition to the growing rooms, there were drying rooms, nurseries and living quarters for the growers. It was a sophisticated setup with an illegal connection to the mains electrical supply. The lighting equipment alone seized from the site cost in the region of £140,000, and the setup was capable of producing a crop every six weeks. In all, it took approximately 10 days to completely search and clear the site.”

The bunker was originally constructed during the 1980s at the height of cold war fears predicting a nuclear attack from the Soviet Union.

RGHQ Chilmark is no longer owned by the Ministry of Defense but the company is still in tact and manufactures nuclear blast doors that made the site almost impenetrable.

However, police were able to reach Fillery, Nguyen, and Winter when they were leaving the site after gathering intelligence on their operation.

The men had keys in their possession that gained entry to the bunker that was being powered by £250,000 worth of illegally abstracted electricity.

“The bunker itself had approximately 20 rooms inside over two floors, and almost every single room had been converted for the wholesale production of cannabis,” said Pope, who said they later found an “enormous amount of illegal drugs.”

For more on this story go to: https://article.wn.com/view/2017/06/09/British_Police_Discover_Huge_Cannabis_Factory_In_Forgotten_N/

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