BRITAIN - A major cannabis growing operation has been uncovered in an exclusive Leeds suburb that is home to some of the city’s wealthiest residents. Police raided the five-bedroomed detached house off Ling Lane in Scarcroft – nicknamed ‘Millionaires’ Row’ – after a tip-off that it was being used as a drugs factory by a criminal gang.
Officers found dozens of plants with a potential street value of tens of thousands of pounds inside the property, which stands in secluded cul-de-sac Lammas Court. They dismantled a sophisticated growing set-up that included extensive heating and lighting equipment and arrested a Vietnamese man. Residents have reacted with shock at the discovery.
One neighbour, who did not want to be named, said: “I had absolutely no idea what was going on. The house has been rented out for the last You never saw anyone coming or going, there were never any cars driving up or leaving. I didn’t think anything of it because people generally keep themselves to themselves. The first thing we knew of what was happening was when the police arrived.” Another said: “There has never been any trouble. You just wouldn’t have believed it was there.”
According to a property website, houses on Ling Lane have an average value of nearly £1.19 million. Lammas Court is relatively affordable, with an average value of just over £600,000. The stone-built detached house where the cannabis factory was found is estimated to be worth about £618,000, but was last available for rent for nearly £1,900 a month. The estate agent’s details said: “This family home is ideally positioned in one of Leeds most highly sought after residential areas being ideally placed for daily commuting to both Leeds city centre and the market town of Wetherby.”
It is understood the house was previously occupied by Jonathan Guy Brudenell, jailed for more than five years last year over a £1.24 million property scam.
The Yorkshire Post/Oct. 8, 2014