U.K. police discover illicit cannabis farm inside aristocrat's 17th century castle

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A controversial British aristocrat’s 17 th -century castle has been revealed as the site of a huge illicit cannabis grow. Sir Benjamin Slade, 75, rented out Woodlands Castle in Somerset earlier this year. The castle is known locally as a high-end wedding venue and is situated just a few miles away from Slade’s other castle — an ancestral home that dates back to the 13 th century. Woodlands has been closed for events since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Police arrest 19-year-old for selling cannabis edibles from vehicle parked behind church Police find secret grow-op with more than 1,000 plants hidden in industrial unit Mystery cannabis grower sprouts 146 plants in vacant home Slade had offered up the castle to the U.K. government to use as a medical facility at the height of the pandemic, but the proposal was evidently declined and he ended up renting out the property instead. So far, authorities believe he was unaware of any illegal activity being carried out on the property. Officials took multiple days to remove plants and cultivation equipment from the building, but have not shared whether any damage was incurred to the centuries-old property as a result of the grow. Trung Nam Pham, 39, was arrested and appeared in court last week on the charges. He will remain in custody pending a crown court hearing. “A man has been charged with production of controlled drug B following a discovery of suspected cannabis plants at an address in Ruishton,” a police spokesperson said in a statement. “Two further individuals were arrested in connection with this incident. Enquiries continue.” Slade has long been a provocative figure among British peers thanks to his massive firearms collection and provocative statements (especially regarding women and foreigners), having once placed an ad seeking a “castle-trained” wife…

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