Police have found thousands of cannabis plants in a nuclear bunker
Feb 26 2017
A large cannabis factory has been discovered by police in a former nuclear bunker.
Officers waited outside for people to leave the bunker on Wednesday night, saying the site was all but impossible to enter.
Wiltshire police arrested three men on suspicion of cannabis production and another three on suspicion of cannabis production and human trafficking offences.
With the knowledge that the bunker was nearly completely impenetrable, officers waited outside for three people to leave and detained them, using their keys to gain entry.
The bunker was constructed some time in the 1980s to protect local government officials if there was ever a nuclear attack, and its said that the nuclear blast doors are still in tact.
The three men, aged 27, 30 and 45, from Somerset, were arrested and officers used their keys to get into the bunker, where they found three more men, aged 15, 19 and 37, believed to be working as gardeners. The bunker has 20 rooms on two floors, each 200 feet long and 70 feet long.
'Almost every single room had been converted for the wholesale production of cannabis plants, and there was a large amount of evidence of previous crops.
The three men are charged with conspiracy to produce cannabis, conspiracy to hold persons in slavery or servitude and conspiring to abstract electricity. "This was an enormous set up".
Inside, police found several thousand marijuana plants at various stages of growth.
Franklin also described this setup as the "largest and most sophisticated cannabis factory" he'd ever seen.