Number 10 – Drugs Den: Police seize 2,000 cannabis in bingo hall raid

Drugs Den – number 10! Police seize plants worth £3million in raid on town-centre Gala Bingo hall that had been turned into a cannabis factory

  • Around 25 officers, along with dogs, stormed the building at 10.30am on Friday 
  • Officers found 2,000 plants at Gala Bingo Hall in Kettering, Northamptonshire
  • Dramatic pictures show every inch of floor space taken up with cannabis plants 
  • There was also sophisticated hydroponic cultivation equipment found in the hall
  • Suspicions raised when police smelled cannabis coming from derelict building

Police hit the jackpot today when they found almost £3million worth of cannabis plants growing in an old bingo hall.

Officers seized 2,000 plants along with growing equipment when they swooped on the disused Gala Bingo Hall in Kettering, Northamptonshire.

Dramatic pictures show every inch of floor space taken up with cannabis plants along with sophisticated hydroponic cultivation equipment.

Around 25 officers, along with dogs, stormed Gala Bingo Hall in Kettering, Northamptonshire, at 10.30am on Friday

Officers seized 2,000 plants along with growing equipment when they swooped on the disused Gala Bingo Hall (pictured)

Northamptonshire Police say the operation could have generated around £2.8million a year.

Suspicions were raised when officers smelled cannabis coming from the derelict building on Kettering High Street.

Thermal imaging also revealed heat sources coming from it, despite it being closed since January.

Northamptonshire Police say the operation could have generated around £2.8million a year

Around 25 officers, along with dogs, stormed the building at 10.30am on Friday.

PC Colin Gray, from the force’s proactive team, said: ‘This is a significant find that will disrupt organised crime groups and the distribution of cannabis locally and further afield.

‘It is one of the largest I have seen even when compared to a site we found in Corby earlier this year.’

Thermal imaging also revealed heat sources coming from it, despite it being closed since January

PC Colin Gray, from the force’s proactive team, said: ‘This is a significant find that will disrupt organised crime groups and the distribution of cannabis locally and further afield’

PC Gray said: ‘These crime groups blight society by manufacturing and selling controlled drugs in Northamptonshire.

‘We will never stop trying to bring them down and this type of activity will continue.’

Nobody was inside the cannabis factory but the bingo hall’s kitchen had been in use.

The plants were coming of age and only about three weeks away from harvest and distribution.

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