Cannabis plants worth £1.5million have been found at a trading estate in Bristol, Avon and Somerset police said yesterday.
More than 2,800 cannabis plants had been hidden in an industrial unit at the Newbridge Trading estate in Brislington.
Police said the cannabis factory was ”very sophisticated” and “highly organised”, adding the discovery would have a major impact on the supply of the drug in Bristol.
“This was a very sophisticated set up and a highly organised production site,” said the force’s drugs strategy manager Paul Bunt.
“All of these plants will now been destroyed and will not reach some of the most vulnerable members of our society. We will now seek to place those responsible for their cultivation before the courts.
“Cannabis is seen by some as a lower level drug but we take it very seriously. The cannabis trade itself is illegal but it can also bring other crime to an area if a factory is located there. I would ask the community to continue to support our work.”
The raid is the latest in a series this year, targeting criminal gangs who cultivate cannabis on a commercial scale. More than 650 cannabis farms were discovered in the force area last year.
More than 20 cannabis farms and factories were discovered by police across the UK every day last year as they seized drugs which could sell for £100 million on the streets.