Massive cannabis farm with 2,000 plants in disused factory

Police have uncovered a huge cannabis farm packed with more than 2,000 plants in a disused factory. Officers say the operation at the building on Crewe's Frances Street represented a 'sophisticated large-scale' grow.

Now detectives are looking to track down who was behind the huge set-up after confirming no arrests have been made. Cheshire Police executed a warrant at the one-time printers at 4pm on Friday (June 7).

Once inside officers discovered more than 2,000 cannabis plants along with specialist lighting and ventilation systems.

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Detective Inspector David Jarvis, of Crewe CID, said: "This is a fantastic result which has enabled us to remove a significant quantity of cannabis from the streets of Crewe and further afield.

“The factory had been converted into a sophisticated cannabis farm, with specialist lighting and ventilation systems to maximise the amount of class B drugs being cultivated. In total we believe that the building contained well over 2,000 cannabis plants at various stages of growth, which will all now be destroyed.

“While no arrests have been made at this time, it is clear that a number of people had been living in the premises and as part of our investigation we’re keen to hear from any local residents who believe they may have seen anything suspicious.

“The same goes for anyone with any CCTV or doorbell footage which may aid the investigation.”

Anyone with information should call the constabulary on 101 and quote IML 1841929. Witnesses can also contact the force online here.

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