Weed growers apparently found a use for a shop in Oldham, U.K. by planting about 1,300 plants inside. Unfortunately for them, police used their wherewithal to find the grow-op and shut it down.
The police made the find this week when they executed a misuse of drugs warrant at the empty retail unit, according to Manchester Evening News. They estimate the 1,300 plants have a “potential yield value of over £1 million.”
Manchester is no stranger to big cannabis grows. Last year, police raided a space that was believed to be an even bigger weed farm, worth an estimated £1.5 million, in an old police station.
The Failsworth station had been vacated by Manchester police six years earlier because of budget cuts and was sold at auction shortly thereafter, the police noted in a Facebook post. The first floor and loft space was later put to entrepreneurial use until the remnants of the grow were found by police last July.
FILE: Failsworth Police Station closed six years ago and has been privately owned ever since. Police found approximately 1000 cannabis plants there. / Photo: Sky News
Although the space had been home to 1,000-plus plants, only root balls, soil and empty pots remained by the time the raid occurred (it is believed growers made off with the plants just hours earlier). “It was a bit surreal, though, seeing the old inspector’s office full of root balls and empty pots,” added the Facebook post.
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