Five men charged after cannabis farm worth '3.5m' found in Lancashire warehouse

Five men have been charged after a cannabis farm worth an estimated £3.5m was uncovered in Oswaldtwistle.

Thursday, 1st July 2021, 2:35 pm

Neighbourhood officers were making enquiries in the area when they noticed a "strong smell" emanating from a warehouse in Commercial Street on August 26, 2020.

Numerous boxes filled with pre-packaged bags of cannabis resin and cannabis bush were discovered once police entered the building - valued in the region of £3.5 million.

On June 29, officers executed warrants at addresses in Granville Street and Marles Court in Burnley, Higher Reedley Road in Nelson, and Revidge Road in Blackburn.

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Four men were subsequently arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply cannabis.

A further warrant was executed yesterday (June 30) at an address in Burnley, resulting in the arrest of a 49-year-old man.

Following consultation with the Crown Prosecution Service, five men have now been charged with conspiracy to supply cannabis resin and Conspiracy to supply herbal cannabis.

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Five men have been charged after a cannabis farm worth an estimated £3.5m was uncovered in Oswaldtwistle.

They are:

- Salim Uddin, 49, of Bar Street, Burnley

- Badrul Alam, 35, of Higher Reedley Road, Nelson

- Ismail Ahmed, 36, of Granville Street, Burnley

- Yamin Patel, 33, of Revidge Road, Blackburn

- Gary McCann, 59, of Marles Court, Burnley

They have all appeared before magistrates and remanded to appeal at the Crown Court at a later date.

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