NCA targets crime group suspected of operating slave labour cannabis farms

Footage shows an arrest being made in the early hours of Wednesday at an address in Eltham, south-east London. Officers from the National Crime Agency carried out a series of raids across London as part of an investigation into an organised crime group suspected of using victims of modern slavery to operate cannabis farms. Three men were arrested on suspicion of modern slavery, human trafficking and cannabis production offences. It follows an operation in April 2022 where the NCA uncovered a huge cannabis farm operating out of an industrial unit in Stroud, Gloucestershire. Officers found three suspected victims of modern slavery, all Vietnamese nationals, working at the premises. They were safeguarded. About 500 cannabis plants were recovered and destroyed. They would have had a street value in excess of £400,000. Two months later in June, a man aged 34 and a woman aged 28 were arrested in Essex on suspicion of having set up the Stroud farm. They were later released under investigation. Those arrested on Wednesday are suspected of setting up cannabis farms, and trafficking victims between them to work. A further two individuals, one man and one woman, were arrested for immigration offences and will now be dealt with by the immigration authorities.