Early-morning raid reveals cannabis grow worth an estimated $1.7 million

Growth op

A National Police Air Service helicopter was recently enlisted as part of Metropolitan Police’s operation to help take down a £1 million ($1.7 million) weed grow-op in southeast London believed to be lining the pockets of criminals. The chopper was used to carry out reconnaissance of the illegal cultivation site, located on the morning of Dec. 30 inside a 32,000 sq. ft. commercial unit. Howdy, neighbour: U.K. dealers create hole that spreads illegal cannabis grow across two properties Weed dealers have wannabe thieves to thank for losing 2,000 plants as attempted break-in alerts passers-by and police Man barricades himself inside home as police attempt raid, says illicit grow is for medical purposes Following up on a tip from the public about a possible cannabis factory, police obtained a warrant for the property, notes a police statement. The search revealed that most of the plants, said to be in the hundreds, “were at full size and ready to be harvested before sale,” the police report. According to the Daily Mail , police estimate that just 10 flowering plants are worth around £5,000 ($8,650) to £7,500 ($12,975) based upon a price of £10 ($17.30) to £15 ($25.95) per gram of cannabis. A post by Way of Leaf reports that cannabis in the U.K. capital “costs a minimum of £6.44 ($11.14) a gram, just ahead of Glasgow at £6.06 ($10.48) and Birmingham at £6.01 ($10.40).” Five men on scene at the time of the raid have been arrested on suspicion of cultivating cannabis and remain in custody. Drugs from the “significant” operation were “intended for sale on London’s streets, to line the pockets of criminals,” acting Inspector Matt Boniface, part of the South East Basic Command Unit’s Violence Suppression team, said in the statement. “Drugs are often the root cause of the violence…

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