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Police find 1,646 weed plants being grown across 23 rooms

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An arrest warrant executed last week by the Cumbria Police in the U.K. paid off big when officers discovered a massive grow with 1,646 cannabis plants filling 23 separate rooms.

The misuse of drugs warrant and search of a property in Egremont were carried out at 8:35 a.m. on Oct. 12, the police reported on Facebook .

In response to the find, three men have been arrested on suspicion of growing cannabis, the recreational form of which remains illegal throughout the U.K. The maximum penalty in the U.K. for supplying or producing cannabis is 14 years in prison, an unlimited fine or both.
Residents were cautioned that they could expect “a larger-than-normal police presence around this property as our enquiries continue,” according to Detective Inspector Hayley Wilkinson of the Cumbria Police.
The post attracted some congratulations for a job well done, but, predictably, also prompted negative reactions from commenters who presumably support legalizing cannabis in the U.K.

“If it was legal it wouldn’t force the cultivation into organised crime,” noted one poster. Added another clearly exasperated one: “What a waste it’s a plant, you hardly get stoned an go commit a crime Jesus Christ get with the times man.”

Still, Wilkinson didn’t miss the opportunity to also encourage the public to report any suspicious behaviour to the police.

“We take all suspected drugs cultivation seriously and would continue to urge anyone who has any suspicions about any buildings that might be used for illegal purposes to come forward with information,” he notes in the statement.

It was a busy weed week for the Cumbria Police, who noted in a tweet Tuesday that officers had also “seized a number of cannabis plants following the discovery of a suspected substantial cannabis factory in a disused building on West Walls, Carlisle.”

According to the News & Star , local police thanked the public for the community intelligence leading to the seizure of the illegal plants and equipment.

The call for public assistance when it comes to illegal cannabis cultivation has become a fairly common one in the U.K. Indeed, in the summer of 2020, police in Northamptonshire reported that public tips contributed to seizing more than £1 million ($1.7 million) worth of cannabis in just two months from multiple locations.

The U.K. has also been the scene of plenty of large and illegal weed farms over the last several months. These include a grow with about 2,000 plants at a building in Swansea, one with more than 1,500 plants at the former Sumo Bar in Leicester, one with 1,100-plus plants at a disused warehouse in Lenton, one with approximately 1,000 plants at the former Big Bamboo nightclub in West Midlands and one with about 1,000 plants in Clacton.

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