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Investigation launched following discovery of cannabis factory

News   •   Aug 15, 2019 12:22 BST

Inside the building

Police have discovered and dismantled a cannabis factory in Redbridge.

Officers attended an abandoned hospital at Goodmayes Lane, Redbridge on Thursday, 8 August where, inside they found a sophisticated cannabis farming system.

Over 1000 cannabis plants with an estimated street value of in excess of £1,000,000 were being grown in 30 rooms within the derelict Mayesbrook Clinic.

At this stage there have been no arrests and the investigation by detectives from Redbridge Police continues.

Detective Inspector Gareth Gilbert said: “Taking such a large drug haul off the streets is a great catch for the Met.

“Violence is one of the main by-products of the illegal drug industry, so it is imperative that we continue to tackle this problem head on.

“We will continue with our enquiries to establish who was the architect of this illegal operation and who was involved in maintaining it.” 

All plants and equipment have been removed from the property.

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