Police uncover huge £2m cannabis factory hidden inside a disused bingo hall

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A massive disused bingo hall has been transformed into a jaw-dropping £2m cannabis factory.

Police raided the former Empire Bingo Hall in Yorkshire on a misuse of drugs warrant and found inside a mega haul of weed being grown with specialist equipment.

South Yorkshire Police hit the jackpot on Tuesday in Mexborough, near Doncaster and believe the sprawling indoor farm to be linked to an organised crime gang.

Two men aged, 29 and 38-years-old were arrested during the drugs bust and remained in custody on Wednesday morning.

Striking pictures show every inch of floor space taken up by the illegal plants at the bingo hall.

South Yorkshire Police published in a statement on their website that the discovery on Swinton Road came after weeks of work.

They joked: "They certainly didn’t ‘knock at the door’…but they did manage a full house."

A spokesman for South Yorkshire Police explained the haul, found after cops executed a misuse of drugs warrant, was worth an estimated £2.18m.

They said: "The value of tackling cannabis production and sale is often questioned, as there is a commonly held misconception that it isn’t ‘real crime’. This couldn’t be further from the truth."

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Inspector Adrian Luscombe, whose team led the operation, added: "In Mexborough and the surrounding areas of Doncaster, we focus heavily on tackling organised crime gangs.

"The groups of criminals who operate in our communities cause misery for many, and we are relentless in our pursuit of those who control their activity.

"Cannabis farms generate essential income that drives OCG activity, it's not a 'harmless' drug in any way, shape or form.

"Often extremely vulnerable people are recruited to look after the grows, living in appalling conditions full of fear.

"Because of this, we invest significant resources in disrupting this activity and identifying those responsible."

  • Crime
  • Cannabis
  • Drugs
  • Police

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