Massive grow-op with 1,000 cannabis plants raided

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Dismantling a sophisticated cannabis grow-op boasting 1,000 plants having an estimated street value of £1 million (about $1.7 million) made for quite a mess — and a big show — for neighbours in Clacton, U.K. last week. Essex Police busted the illegal growing operation in a disused three-storey building after receiving reports of suspicious activity, according to a Facebook post from police. Work to dismantle the equipment and remove the approximately 1,000 plants started shortly after the raid and reportedly took much of the weekend to complete. Six charged after $2.3 million alleged cannabis grow-op found in Toronto Three-floor cannabis site worth over $1 million discovered in former nightclub A man who house-sat nearly £640,000 of weed in a hotel under renovation is going to jail “Cannabis factories are linked to criminals who exploit vulnerable people for their own financial gain. These might be people who are exploited or forced to work for them to manage these cultivations, or to sell the drugs,” the statement notes. “Organized crime groups involved in drug trafficking are typically also involved in a range of criminal activity, and the profits from illegal drugs are used to fund other forms of criminal operations, including buying illegal firearms and financing terrorism,” according to the National Crime Agency . Late this summer, a study was published that determined migrant workers who were arrested for working on cannabis grow-ops are often victims of trafficking and ‘debt bondage’. In 2017-2018, police in the U.K. seized cannabis more than 94,000 times , which was almost half what they seized in 2008-2009 when there were almost 183 thousand cannabis seizures made, note figures from a new report. Even so, reports of using abandoned or vacant spaces to grow illegal cannabis seem to be on the rise the U.K. and, often, these…

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