ENGLAND - A terraced house in Coventry was converted into a five-room cannabis den stuffed with drugs worth around £250,000.
Police raided the property in Treforest Road, Stoke Aldermoor, on Wednesday discovering 283 plants. Most rooms in the large property had been converted to cultivate cannabis – with several plants even growing in the bathroom. An 18-year-old man was arrested after the raid.
He has been charged with being involved in the production of cannabis and was due to appear at Coventry Magistrates Court this afternoon. Most people living in Treforest Road were too afraid to comment publicly.
But one woman, who lives close to the property that was raided, said she believed it had been rented out.
“The landlord has now been left to pick up the pieces I guess,” she said.
“It just seemed like an anonymous house. I had no idea there was anything suspicious going on in there until I saw the police. “They said there was nothing to worry about and no reason to think anything more sinister was going on.” A spokesman for West Midlands Police said officers had been called to the property after a resident reported someone acting suspiciously. They attended at 3.30am and discovered the cannabis factory. There was no sign that the property had been turned into a drugs den when the Telegraph visited today, although there was still a strong smell of cannabis in the area even after police had cleared the house after the raid.
The drugs den is just the latest to be uncovered in Coventry during the last few months. In May 1,500 plants were discovered in an industrial unit in Stoke Row – with police estimating that the haul could be worth £4.5million.
The Vietnamese men arrested at the property will be sentenced for their role in the crime next week. In July a problem with an irrigation system in a cannabis factory led to £20,000 of damage at an aquatics shop in Wyken. Earlier this month a 300-plant cannabis den was found in a home in Rosslyn Avenue, Coundon, and a 16-year-old was arrested.
Anyone who suspects a cannabis factory may be operating in the area should call police on 101.
Coventry Telegraph/August 28, 2014
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