Crime scene after cannabis factory discovered in hillside building in Wiltshire countryside
Date of alert:
Thursday, 31 March 2022
A cannabis factory containing approximately 200 plants has been discovered in Wiltshire.
Officers were called to the address near The Shoe, five miles west of Chippenham, by the electricity board who were carrying out work in the area shortly after 1pm on Thursday (31 March).
Officers remain at the site while the drugs production operation is dismantled and enquiries are carried out. They are likely to remain on scene for a number of days.
Det Sgt Andy Morley said: “This is a very rural area and it would appear the address has not been resided in for some time, and instead is being used for the production of cannabis.
“We believe there are approximately 200 plants at the address, so a significant amount with the potential to do harm within our communities.
“We are grateful to the member of the public who alerted the address to police initially following concerns regarding the electricity set up at the location
“The production and supply of any illegal drugs is a concern, but we want people to be aware that these types of cannabis factories have a number of issues which impact on the local community.
“There is often associated nuisance and anti-social behaviour, including the strong smell, and can sometimes be linked to exploitation or trafficking.