UK police bust huge cannabis lab after suspect accidentally shows officers video – 9News
UK police have cracked a “significant” cannabis lab after a man inadvertently showed police a video of the operation during a roadside stop.
Officers were on patrol in a town in England’s North East when they spotted a dark Mercedes driving erratically.
After stopping the car to speak to the occupants, police noticed a strong smell of cannabis but a search of the vehicle did not find any of the suspected drug.
One of the suspects in the car did not speak English, and turned to his phone to use Google Translate to communicate with police.
However once the man unlocked his phone a video of a huge underground cannabis farm appeared.
Both men in the car were arrested under suspicions of drug manufacturing, and a later search of a nearby property unearthed more than 600 cannabis plants in various stages of growth across three floors.
Sergeant Steve Passey of Northumbria Police said it was an important find as cannabis operations are often used to fund more serious crimes across the UK.
“This was a rather unusual incident which saw a suspect open up his phone to try and use Google Translate – but inadvertently showed us a video of a cannabis farm in the area,” Sergeant Passey said.
“It’s safe to say the suspect was a little shocked and tried to quickly lock his phone in the hope that nobody had seen.”
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Both men, aged 38 and 22, have since been released on bail. Sergeant Passey said there are dangerous side effects to criminal gangs running large hidden cannabis farms.
“Quite often, cannabis farms such as these can be used to fund more serious criminality across the region, so this seizure will provide a dent in the pockets of those behind it,” Sergeant Passey said.
“I’d also stress that these cannabis farms can be a potential death trap – often the electricity has been by-passed which poses a serious and real fire risk to not only the property involved, but families living in the vicinity.”
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