A MASSIVE £3million cannabis factory has been discovered in an old bingo hall.
Striking pictures every inch of floor space taken up by the plants at Gala Bingo Hall in Kettering.
Northampton Police seized around 2,000 plants along with equipment yesterday at 10.30amCredit: SWNS:South West News Service
Inside of Gala Bingo in Kettering which was being used as a giant cannabis factoryCredit: SWNS:South West News Service
And a number of sophisticated hydroponic cultivation equipment can also be seen, abandoned nearby.
Northampton Police seized around 2,000 plants along with equipment yesterday at 10.30am.
Around 25 officers stormed the building with police dogs in a dramatic operation.
They believe the plot could have generated around £2.8 million each year.
Police became suspicious when officers smelled cannabis coming from the derelict building, in Kettering High Street, which closed in January.
Thermal imaging also revealed heat sources coming from the building despite lying empty.
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.”
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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.
Around 25 officers stormed the building with police dogs in a dramatic operationCredit: SWNS:South West News Service
They believe the plot could have generated around £2.8 million each yearCredit: SWNS:South West News Service
Officers seized 2,000 plants at this former bingo hall in KetteringCredit: SWNS:South West News Service
The plants were about three weeks away from harvest and distribution.Credit: SWNS:South West News Service
Every inch of floor space taken up with cannabis plantsCredit: SWNS:South West News Service
There are an estimated 2,000 cannabis plants and another room behind the tarpaulin on the right.Credit: SWNS:South West News Service
The cannabis factory was found inside this former Gala Bingo Hall in KetteringCredit: SWNS:South West News Service
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