Major Coventry cannabis farm raided as police warn of ‘danger’ to neighbors

A large-scale cannabis farm worth hundreds of thousands of pounds has been shut down in Coventry. Police searched an address in Stoke this morning (Wednesday, May 15).

Officers discovered the large cannabis farm with more than 500 plants at an address on Humber Avenue. Inside they found four separate rooms with extensive heating and lighting, as well as heat filtering pipes and living quarters, West Midlands Police said.

The electricity was being supplied through an illegal bypass of the grid, which West Midlands Police say is one of the main reasons these premises are “so dangerous”. It created a fire hazard that could have spread to neighboring properties on Humber Avenue.

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Engineers from the National Grid will be working to ensure the security of the premises throughout the day (May 15). Police will also remain at the scene while drugs, lights and grow equipment are cleared.

Officers arrested a 22-year-old man who was found inside the property on Humber Avenue. He remains in custody as of Wednesday, May 15.

Electricity had been bypassed at the Humber Avenue address(Image: West Midlands Police)

A West Midlands Police spokesman said: “We are keeping the pressure on organized crime in Coventry. Tackling everything from drugs and firearms to child exploitation and abuse, our officers execute regular warrants and make significant arrests across the West Midlands.

“Operation Target has already seen hundreds of thousands of pounds of drugs, cash and firearms taken off the streets, with some significant convictions of criminal gangs responsible for this type of activity.”

Chief Inspector Dave Amos, from Coventry Police, added: “It was an excellent job to take a substantial cannabis farm out of business and keep drugs off our streets. Cannabis farms are extremely dangerous, not only to the people inside, but also to the communities around them.

“It’s not just because of the crime associated with them, but also because of the risk of catastrophic fires from the dangerously bypassed electricity they use. We rely on information from the public to build a picture of where this type of crime is happening and who is responsible.”

He continued: “I would urge anyone who is concerned about this type of activity where they live to get in touch with us and let us know what you know. If you think a cannabis farm is operating where you live, contact us on 101 or Live Chat or if you prefer to remain anonymous you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

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