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Huge £120k cannabis factory discovered with man

Huge £120k cannabis factory discovered with man

A cannabis factory worth more than £100,000 was uncovered at a property in Erdington with one man found ‘hiding’ in the property.

A drugs warrant was executed in Kingsbury Road on May 4 where officers found 122 fully grown cannabis plants, with an estimated street value of around £120,000.

The raid was a joint police operation involving the Tyburn neighbourhood team, the Birmingham East Neighbourhood Task Force and West Midlands Police’s Force Support Unit.

Cannabis plants and leaves were found in two rooms and the loft

The discovery was made after a tip-off.

The neighbourhood task form team tweeted: “122 fully grown cannabis plants seized from an address in Erdington, one person arrested.

“Big thank you to the community for talking to us about this issue.”

The force support unit described themselves as the ‘hide and seek champions’ after finding one man ‘hiding in the loft’.

While the Tyburn neighbourhood team added: “Another day out of the office for the Tyburn NHT….”

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A spokeswoman for West Midlands Police said: “We executed a drugs warrant in Kingsbury Road, Erdington May 4. Plants were found in two rooms and the loft space.

“A 29-year-old man was arrested and released to immigration without charge.”

According to the Sentencing Council’s guidelines, anyone found guilty of cultivating cannabis could face up to 14 years in prison – the maximum sentence for a Class B drug.

A category one or two offence would be an operation capable of producing cannabis in quantities for ‘commercial use’.

A lesser category 3 category relates to the production of 28 plants while category 4 offence is nine plants, with each plant having an assumed yield of 40g of the drug.

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