A Massive Weed Farm Has Been Found In A Nuclear Bunker
A huge cannabis farm has been found in an old nuclear bunker, making this the second big weed find for British police this month – a sizeable marijuana farm was found hidden in the back of Legoland earlier this month.
During a midnight raid, Police in Wiltshire found a stash of thousands of cannabis plants worth around £1 million inside a bunker built in 1985 to protect local government officials.
The bunker was built as the Regional Government Headquarters in Chilmark, but ceased being used in 1992 when the Cold War was over. It was then sold in 1997 and somehow ended up in the hands of the cheeky weed farmers. The site was "almost completely impenetrable" when the police arrived, so they had to wait for people to leave the site, arrest them and gain access that way.
Inside the huge building, the forces found 20 rooms, most of which were found full of weed plants.
Detective Inspector Paul Franklin said:
“There are approximately 20 rooms in the building, split over two floors, each 200 feet long and 70 feet wide. Almost every single room had been converted for the wholesale production of cannabis plants, and there was a large amount of evidence of previous crops. This was an enormous set up."
Multiple arrests were made, however there's something a little darker going on. It turns out this story is more than just another illegal weed farm. There were also three individuals found in the bunker "of no fixed abode" aged 15, 19 and 37. Detective Franklin expects that they are undocumented immigrants "who were held there against their will, not allowed to leave and forced to work as gardeners". He added:
"We believe they are victims of human trafficking. They were forced to sleep inside the bunker, which is all built in concrete so it's like living underground."
Another three men were arrested for cannabis production and human trafficking offences. Sadly, drug cultivators often use human trafficking as a form of finding cheap labour. Often workers end up mistreated. A recent National Police Chiefs’ Council report found a connection between “commercial cultivation [of marijuana], modern slavery, and people living without legal permission to remain in the UK, including the exploitation of vulnerable adults and children.”
A weed farm in a nuclear bunker... not quite as cool as it sounds.
By Lydia Morrish, published on 24/02/2017