Police have discovered one of the county’s ’largest and most sophisticated’ cannabis factories during a raid at a chicken farm.
Officers from Staffordshire Police made the discovery after raiding Three Angels Farm in Wheaton Aston on Tuesday.
The haul of drugs found at the site was worth £1.5 million to the criminals - and in just one year could have earned them £5 million.
Officers who swooped on the poultry farm discovered around 3,100 plants being grown on an ‘industrial scale’.
Watch this short video of the biggest cannabis factory we have ever discovered in Staffordshire. With plants worth up to £1.5m, the sheer scale of this operation is huge. t.co/4bY86OItVc pic.twitter.com/kdFzTJ8psU— Staffordshire Police (@StaffsPolice)
Three men were detained at the site, in Wheaton Aston, while three other men were arrested after a search of the area supported by the National Police Air Service.
The men, aged between 17 and 44, are from the United Kingdom and Albania. All six were taken into custody.
Inspector Richard Meaden, South Staffordshire local policing commander, said: “The investigation is at an early stage, however we can confirm that approximately 3,100 cannabis plants were recovered.
"This estimated value of this crop is estimated to be worth £1.5 million pounds.
“This is the largest and most sophisticated cannabis factory I’ve ever experienced and I am delighted we have been able to take such a large number of drugs off the streets.”
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