Take a peek inside "one of the biggest ever cannabis farms found in Lancashire" after 10,000 plants worth millions of pounds are seized in raid

Three men have been arrested after the discovery of what is believed to be one of the biggest ever cannabis farms found in Lancashire.

Wednesday, 9th October 2019, 1:41 pm
Updated Wednesday, 9th October 2019, 2:41 pm
One of Lancashire's biggest ever cannabis farms has been raided in Apex Trading Estate, Lower Eccleshill, Darwen at around 10am yesterday (October 8)

Police made the discovery after raiding an industrial unit at the Apex Trading Estate in Lower Eccleshill, Darwen at around 10am yesterday (October 8).

After forcing entry, officers found an estimated 8,000 to 10,000 cannabis plants inside at various stages of growth.

Lancashire Police has estimated that the street value of the plants is worth millions of pounds.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

Two men aged 24 and one aged 31 have been arrested on suspicion of cultivation of cannabis. They remain in custody.

Read More

Read More
Cannabis farm with more than 100 plants raided and 25-year-old man arrested

Officers said they found evidence of people living among the plants inside the industrial unit, where a number of make-shift beds made out of crates were found.

The electricity supply is also believed to have been bypassed, with electricians brought in to make the premises safe before the farm can be dismantled.

Officers found evidence of people sleeping inside the industrial unit among 10,000 cannabis plants at different stages of cultivation

Investigations are on-going.

A police spokesman said: "We will continue to target those taking part in this illegal activity and will act on information passed to us to disrupt and ultimately prevent those involved in the drugs trade from operating on our streets.

"Cannabis can have lasting physical and mental health effects on users as well as having a negative effect on our communities and fuelling other crime and we are determined to tackle that.

"We need the public to continue to work with us to help us tackle drug crime by informing us of any suspicious activity."

Police discovered the cannabis grow in units at the Apex Trading Estate, Lower Eccleshill, Darwen at about 10am on Tuesday (October 8)

Anyone with information or concerns about drug cultivation or drug dealing can call Lancashire Police on 101.

Earlier that morning (October 8), police raided a home six miles away in Church, near Oswaldtwistle.

Officers forced entry using 'the big red key' battering ram and found more than 100 mature plants across two floors.

A 25-year-old man, from Eastern Europe, has been arrested on suspicion of cannabis cultivation.

There were an estimated 8,000 to 10,000 plants inside at various stages of growth, including these plants that were being dried ready for sale on the streets
The estimated worth of the plants runs into the millions of pounds, say police
Officers said electricians had to be called in to make the property safe because the power supply had been bypassed