Massive Lancashire dope farm raided by cops

Three men have been arrested after police raided what is believed to be one of the biggest ever cannabis farms found in Lancashire in the UK.

Officers discovered the
cannabis in units at the Apex Trading Estate, Lower Eccleshill, Darwen at about
10am yesterday.

There were an estimated
8,000 to 10,000 plants inside at various stages of growth, Lancashire Police
said.

The estimated street value of the plants runs into the millions of pounds.

Cops discovered an estimated 8,000 to 10,000 plants

Two men aged 24 and one
aged 31 were arrested on suspicion of cultivation of cannabis and remain in
custody.

Investigations are
on-going.

A police spokesman said: “We will continue to target those taking part in this illegal activity and will act on information passed to us to disrupt and ultimately prevent those involved in the drugs trade from operating on our streets.

“Cannabis can have lasting
physical and mental health effects on users as well as having a negative effect
on our communities and fuelling other crime and we are determined to tackle that.

“We need the public to
continue to work with us to help us tackle drug crime by informing us of any
suspicious activity.”

The estimated street value
of the haul is not yet known, but the force said it was their largest seizure
since a £3m seizure in Fleetwood in 2018.

The Lancashire Post
reported that the electricity supply is also believed to have been bypassed, and
electricians will be brought in to make the premises safe before the facility
can be torn down.

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