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£1 million worth of cannabis found at Wolverhampton drugs factory

By Harry Leather | Wolverhampton | Crime | Published:

Police also found a homemade bench press with weights made of tins full of concrete.

Ventilation ducts connected the drugs factory to the ceiling. Photo: Wednesfield Police

An estimated £1 million worth of cannabis has been found at a drugs factory in Wolverhampton.

Officers uncovered around 900 plants at an industrial unit in East Park after being called to a suspected burglary last night.

The plants were found growing in homemade greenhouses inside an old factory building, with heaters and lights powered by wires connected to powerboards attached to sheets of chipboard.

Plants were inside homemade greenhouses in the old factory building. Photo: Wednesfield Police
The West Midlands Police Cannabis Disposal Team inside the unit

Several large plastic ventilation ducts connected the greenhouses - some of which had partly collapsed - to the ceiling of the unit on Moore Street.

And as well as the 'professional' drugs set-up, police found a homemade gym - including an incline bench press made of wood and polystyrene and paint tins filled with concrete being used as weights.

This homemade bench press was inside the factory. Photo: Wednesfield Police

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Nobody has been detained in connection with the cannabis, but one man was arrested on suspicion of attempted burglary.

A West Midlands Police spokesman said: "Police were called to Moore Street in the East Park area of Wolverhampton just before 11pm on Monday after suspicions were raised about people entering a factory on the road.

"Upon arrival, officers recovered over 900 cannabis plants with an estimated worth of £1 million.

An aerial view of Moore Street, near Willenhall Road. Photo: Google

"A 29-year-old man arrested on suspicion of attempted burglary has been released pending further investigation.

"Enquiries remain ongoing."

Harry Leather

By Harry Leather
Digital Journalist - @hleather_star

Digital journalist covering breaking news across the region from the Express & Star's head office in Wolverhampton.

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