From Cop Shop to Pot Shop: Illegal Cannabis Grow Discovered in Abandoned UK Police Station

A particularly brazen group of drug traffickers decided to set up shop in the last place anyone would think to look.

The UK seems to be the land of unexpected cannabis grow-ops. Just in the past year, police have discovered illegal marijuana grows in WWII-era tunnels beneath a legitimate business, plus the country's largest known illicit cannabis farm in a disused lime quarry. But the latest cannabis grow-op police have found was right under their noses.

1,000 cannabis plants have been found in an abandoned police station in Greater Manchester. While the plants had already been harvested by the time police arrived at the scene, officials estimate that the farm would have produced £1.5 million (US$1.8 million) worth of cannabis.

A police spokesperson said the Greater Manchester Police had stopped using the building in 2013 in order to save money.

"The building was vacated by the Police six years ago as part of the cuts to the Police budget and not used by us since," recalled the spokesperson. "It was sold at auction a short time later. The building has been privately owned ever since."

"It was a bit surreal though seeing the old Inspector's office full of root balls and empty pots."

Much of the equipment seized by UK police following the finding has been donated to a local growing hub.

h/t The Sun

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