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Three-floor cannabis farm worth £1,000,000 found in former nightclub

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Three-floor cannabis farm worth £1,000,000 found in former Nightclub
Around 1,000 plants were found inside the property on Trinity Street on Thursday (Picture: PA)

A cannabis factory spanning three floors worth £1 million has been discovered in a former nightclub in Coventry.

Around 1,000 plants were found after officers from the National Crime Agency (NCA) forced their way into the premises on Trinity Street, having smashed through a number of reinforced doors on Thursday.

They were spread out across three storeys, along with £150,000 worth of ‘sophisticated’ planting, growing and irrigation equipment.

Two men were held trying to flee the building after officers used drones to hunt them down. Three men were subsequently arrested and charged with production of a class B drug.

NCA branch commander Adam Warnock said: ‘This is a significant drug seizure which will have a huge impact on the organised crime groups involved, depriving them of commodity and profit.

‘The size of the cannabis factory was significant and sophisticated, spread across three floors of a large building. It is certainly one of the largest grows ever uncovered by the NCA. Our investigation into this seizure continues.’

(Picture: NCA) National Crime Agency officers have discovered a massive three-floor cannabis farm in a former nightclub in Coventry. They raided the property on Trinity Street on Thursday [15 October], smashing through several reinforced doors to access the grow. When they got inside they discovered around 1000 cannabis plants spread across the building?s three floors. NCA experts value the haul at over ?1 million. As well as the plants officers recovered sophisticated planting, growing and irrigation equipment, valued at around ?150,000 Three men were arrested. Two were detained with the assistance of West Midlands Police drone unit as they attempted to flee the building.
NCA officers had to smash through several reinforced doors to access the factory (Picture: NCA)
Handout photo dated 15/10/20 issued by the National Crime Agency (NCA) of a three-floor cannabis farm which has been discovered at a former nightclub on Trinity Street in Coventry. NCA officers found around 1000 cannabis plants, valued at around ??1 million, and ??150,000 worth of planting growing and irrigation equipment during the raid. Three men arrested during the raid, Albanian nationals Andi Quan, 24, and Adrian Lieshaj, 28, along with Vietnamese national Cao Van Vu, 31, have been charged with production of a class B drug. PA Photo. Issue date: Saturday October 17, 2020. See PA story POLICE Cannabis. Photo credit should read: NCA/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Three men were arrested during the raid (Picture: PA)
National Crime Agency officers have discovered a massive three-floor cannabis farm in a former nightclub in Coventry. See SWNS story SWMDcannabis; They raided the property on Trinity Street on Thursday [15 October], smashing through several reinforced doors to access the grow. When they got inside they discovered around 1000 cannabis plants spread across the building?s three floors. NCA experts value the haul at over ?1 million. As well as the plants officers recovered sophisticated planting, growing and irrigation equipment, valued at around ?150,000. Three men were arrested. Two were detained with the assistance of West Midlands Police drone unit as they attempted to flee the building.
Officers raided the property on Trinity Street on Thursday (Picture: SWNS)

Albanian national Andi Qani, 24, and Vietnamese national Cao Van Vu, 31, appeared before Coventry magistrates yesterday and were remanded in custody until their next court appearance at Warwick Crown Court on November 12.

A third man, Albanian national Adrian Lieshaj, 28, is wanted by German authorities for robbery offences and is the subject of a European Arrest Warrant.

He appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court yesterday for the extradition matter to be heard.

The operation was supported by officers from the West Midlands Police Cannabis Disruption Team.

Chief Supt Lee Wharmby, head of West Midlands Police’s operations department, said: ‘Our pilots helped detain two people using our state-of-the art drones equipped with thermal imaging cameras.’

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