Million pound cannabis factory raided in former city centre nightclub

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Million pound cannabis factory raided in former city centre nightclub

Postby dutchman » Sat Oct 17, 2020 4:33 pm

Three men were arrested during the raid

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A massive cannabis factory has been uncovered inside a former nightclub in Coventry city centre.

Officers from the National Crime Agency (NCA) raided the venue in Trinity Street on Thursday (October 15), smashing through reinforced doors to gain access into the former club.

Inside, some 1,000 cannabis plants were discovered, spread out over three floors.

According to the NCA, the value of the grow is an estimated £1 million and has been described as "one of the largest grows ever uncovered by the NCA".

What's more, around £150,000 worth of equipment relating to the illicit operation was also seized.

During the raid, two men are believed to have fled the building - before being captured, with assistance from West Midlands Police's drone unit.

In total, three men were arrested, and all have subsequently been charged with production of a class B drug.

Albanian national Andi Qani, 24, and Vietnamese national Cao Van Vu, 31, appeared before Coventry Magistrates' Court on Friday (October 16) where they were remanded in custody until their next court appearance at Warwick Crown Court on November 12.

The third man, Albanian national Adrian Lieshaj, was found to be wanted by German authorities for robbery offences and is the subject of a European Arrest Warrant.

The 28-year-old was taken to Westminster Magistrates' Court yesterday (October 16) in order for the extradition matter to be heard.

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