Cannabis find at Tesco

Posted: June 4, 2010 in Law & Disorder

A £1.4 million cannabis farm has been uncovered in a warehouse owned by Tesco.

IlieOfficers executed a warrant at the three-storey building on an industrial estate in Whitstable, Kent, after gathering intelligence about the large-scale operation.

Inside they found more than 2,200 cannabis plants – expected to yield £1.4million a year – and specialist equipment used to cultivate the class B drug.

At 8am on Thursday, May 27, police raided the isolated unit, just yards from Whitstable’s Tesco store and children’s play centre Snappys, officers smashed windows to gain entry to the building and rushed inside.

Thousands of cannabis plants were then seen being hauled from the unit and taken away for analysis. Police said officers worked through the day dismantling the factory.

Guess who has been arrested for growing the cannabis, no prizes as the question is too easy. The answer is – two Vietnamese boys, aged 13 and 17. Exactly how many Vietnamese have been arrested in the UK for producing cannabis, perhaps it could be a Freedom of Information question for someone.

Talking about foreigners yet again.

A naked man, described as being of eastern European origin, with a missing ear and a badly damaged hand has streaked through a seaside town.

Police were called after onlookers reported the man, thought to be in his 30s, walking through the town at about 4.15pm yesterday. Yet another immigrant we have no idea who he is or where he is from.

When officers arrived at the scene, they found he had made his way inside an office block on the main road through Cliftonville, Margate where he urinated on the floor.

The man was arrested and taken into police custody. He was later taken to St Martin’s Hospital, Canterbury, which specialises in psychiatric care.

A spokesman for Kent Police said the man’s right hand was severely damaged, possibly from a past explosion, but that is only hearsay, officers are unsure when he suffered the injury or the loss of his ear.

Meanwhile at sea

IlieOne of the UK Border Agency’s coastal patrol boats, HM Cutter Vigilant, seized an estimated 300kg of cocaine off the south coast of the Isle of Wight in gale-force conditions.

Officers discovered the drugs in 11 rucksacks attached to a buoy off Tennyson Point, close to where a fishing vessel was spotted acting suspiciously over the bank holiday weekend.

Three people were arrested on the Galwad-Y-Mor SU116 fishing vessel in Yarmouth, and have been charged with conspiracy to import cocaine into the UK.

HMC Vigilant is one of five UK Border Agency cutters (patrol boats) protecting the UK border and providing offshore support all year round.

More details from the Ventnor Blog.

  1. Howard Thomas says:

    I sometimes wonder if the vietnamese do anything else than growing cannabis! It does seem to be their speciality……..something like Romanians and cashpoint machine scams/theft

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