Police swoop on city's largest ever cannabis factory with street value of £2 million - The Coventry Observer

14th Aug, 2022

Police swoop on city's largest ever cannabis factory with street value of £2 million

Chris Willmott 5th Feb, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

THE LARGEST cannabis factory in Coventry been discovered at a former indoor market following a police raid.

Drugs with a street value of more than £2 million were recovered after officers cut through shutters and secure doors to get into the premises.

A total of 2,145 plants and herbal cannabis were found in Riley Square, Wood End, after officers swooped at just before 9pm yesterday (Thursday, February 4).

The police neighbourhood team acted after growing suspicious about the premises and executed a search warrant.

Three men, aged 50, 47 and 20 have been arrested on suspicion of cannabis cultivation and are being questioned by officers.

Sergeant Hinesh Mehta, of the Longford neighbourhood team, said: “This appears to be a professional set-up producing a large quantity of drugs.

“We are committed to tackling drugs and act on information we receive from the public.

“We would encourage anyone with suspicions about an address they believe is linked to drugs to contact us.”

Signs that a cannabis farm may be in a property include:

• Gardening equipment such as plant pots, fertiliser and compost being taken into a property – particularly if the property doesn’t have a garden.

• Frequent visitors to the property, often at unusual times.

• Windows sealed or covers or curtains permanently drawn may be an attempt to hide what’s happening behind closed doors.

• Heat from adjoining properties could indicate that an artificial climate is being created for the tropical plants.

• Pungent smells from the cannabis plants and strange sounds from heating equipment extractor fans.

If you suspect someone of growing drugs can call police on 101.

Support community journalism by making a contribution.

The Coventry Observer's team of journalists provide a trusted source news, sport, entertainment and events going on in your area and issues which matter to you - both via our free weekly print edition and daily updates on our website.

Every contribution, however big or small, you can make will help us continue to do that now and in the future.

Thanks for reading this and the Coventry Observer.

Are you on Facebook?

Like or follow our Facebook page - facebook.com/CovObserver to get daily news updates straight to your news feed.


Weddings, Birthdays, Bereavements, Thank you notices, Marriages and more.

Book an Advert

Book your newspaper advert with our online advert creation tool.

Digital Advertising

Advertise on the Coventry Observer to boost your online presence.

Public Notices

View and download all of the public notices in the Coventry Observer.