2,000 cannabis plants in Ammanford bank!
7:00am Wednesday 26th September 2012 in News
A MASSIVE cannabis factory in the heart of Ammanford was only discovered through a piece of “good old-fashioned policing”, it emerged this week.
While shoppers and traders went about their business in Quay Street, the former Lloyd’s Bank building had secretly been transformed into a cannabis factory where over 2,000 plants were cultivated.
The astonishing development only came to light after patrolling officers carried out a routine stopcheck on a van early on Wednesday.
They became suspicious after speaking to the van’s two occupants and further enquiries led them to the former bank where, on entering, police discovered “row upon row” of cannabis plants.
“What officers discovered was a professional cultivation, with around 2,000 plants,” said Det Chief Insp Greg Williams.
“There were plants in every stage of growth from nursery up to harvesting stage.”
The building was formerly leased out to Cash Solutions, a gold and jewellery- buying business until June.
Police declined to comment on suggestions that the haul amounted to £250,000.
“It’s hard to believe an illegal operation like this has been going on right under people’s noses,”
Chamber of Trade secretary Angela Phillips told the Guardian.
A spokesman for Cardiff-based chartered surveyors Emanuel Jones, who let the building, said: “It’s shocking that this kind of thing can happen.”
Two years ago a similar factory was discovered at the old Workmen’s Hall in Garnant.
●Four men, all from the London area, were arrested on suspicion of cannabis production and appeared before Llanelli magistrates on Thursday when they were remanded in custody until tomorrow.