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Cops find underground cannabis farm with £500,000 of weed hidden in bunkers

A llama, 22 horses, a shotgun and six stolen cars were also found at the site in Lincolnshire with Spanish Police helping in the large-scale operation.

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  • 21:21, 14 SEP 2020

Cops busted a £500,000 cannabis factory after they raided four bunkers dug into the ground under a farm.

Officers also seized more than 300 tonnes of illegal waste, a shotgun and six stolen cars at the site.

A llama and 22 horses, which were all kept in poor conditions, were also found at the farm.

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Three men were arrested after officials swooped on the farm in the picturesque Lincolnshire village of Skendleby on September 3.

The pre-planned operation involved officers from Lincolnshire Police, the Spanish Civil Guard, the Environment Agency and Dyno-Rod.

Four bunkers made up of shipping containers were found buried 20ft underground with their entrances concealed inside the barns.

In total 12 shipping containers were used to make up the bunkers and house a large number of cannabis plants.

Officers estimate the drugs would have a street value of approximately £580,000.

Three men, aged 34, 35 and 28 were arrested on suspicion of production of a Class B drug, burglary with intent to steal, animal welfare offences and possible waste offences.

The 34-year-old was also arrested on suspicion of possession of a prohibited firearm and theft of a motor vehicle.

They have been released on bail while the investigation continues.

Detective Superintendent Rick Hatton, of Lincolnshire Police said: “We are extremely grateful to our counterparts in Spain and our partners for assisting with the exploration of this site.

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“With the operation being underground we have needed some real specialist support to uncover this activity.

“Only with the skills of those who joined us from Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue, the

Environment Agency, East Lindsey District Council, RSPCA, Dyno-Rod and the Home Office’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory have we been able to get to this point.”

The seven Environment Agency officers attending found approximately 300 tonnes of baled waste, 60 part-dismantled vehicles, used asbestos roofing materials, household rubbish and mixed manufactured wood, plus evidence of six separate areas used to burn waste illegally.

Environment Agency Area Director Norman Robinson said: “Waste crime is serious – it blights communities and risks real harm to people’s health and the environment, and we won’t hesitate to take action against those responsible.

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“We’ve now been able to put a stop to illegal activity on this site – a testament to the determination, joint-working and intelligence-sharing between multiple organisations.”

A llama, 22 horses, a shotgun and six stolen cars were also found at the site in Lincolnshire with Spanish Police helping in the large-scale operation.

Building an underground grow room

Jerik22
Member

Hey every one i have recently moved to the country and after much debate with my friends,
I have decided to make a “hidden” room underground somewhere on my property (over 400 acres)
since i really don’t want to try to grow out side ( i see deer all over the place).
I cannot grow in the house since my significant other does not like it .
But I have always wanted to do it I have searched the forum all over and have not found
any threads on digging and making an underground grow opp.

So I have 3 Questions I have searched for on the forum but I cannot find any Topics on it

I have made a basement before so this will not be a problem but I am worried about the roof
any suggestions to make a roof I can cover with dirt and it will not rot?

I have no electrical experience how will I grab a full power line from one of my buildings and
get it to my “hole” (I don’t want an electrician to do it)

How deep should the roof be underground so there is little or no heat signature from the ground?

So I have
– Tractor with a back hoe
– 1000 LB Cement mixer
– Lots of cement
– Rebar

Any help would be awesome

rwerner4
Member

i have seen 1 underground operation before. my friends dad. it was under the shed. well small garage but yea a shed. the floor had a trap door under a tool box that sat in the shed on top of carpet. i partyed in there all the time and never suspected anything until she told me and showed me.

the walls were angled in dont know why but they were. and the ventilation system went out orf the roof of the garage shed type thing. it had a garage door but never parked a car in there just lawn mowers and stuff.

as far as the electric. it is not hard to hook up just run it and tap into a panel somewhere. very easy i am sure you can get someone on ehere to help you with that part

Jerik22
Member

i have seen 1 underground operation before. my friends dad. it was under the shed. well small garage but yea a shed. the floor had a trap door under a tool box that sat in the shed on top of carpet. i partyed in there all the time and never suspected anything until she told me and showed me.

the walls were angled in dont know why but they were. and the ventilation system went out orf the roof of the garage shed type thing. it had a garage door but never parked a car in there just lawn mowers and stuff.

as far as the electric. it is not hard to hook up just run it and tap into a panel somewhere. very easy i am sure you can get someone on ehere to help you with that part

rwerner4
Member
Jerik22
Member
Tyrannabudz
Well-Known Member

I have seen underground grows on the internet. One had semi trailers buried that were connected together to form different rooms. Another option would be a conex container. The containers you see on construction sites or at receiving ports. These containers sre designed to stack on top of each other so 4-5 ft of earth won’t collapse them. You could paint the outside with a rust inhibitor.

You will probably want to bulid a small building or shed to conceal the entrance. A little dilapidated out building in a random place on a farm is pretty common so I’m sure no one would suspect anything.

Running electrical to your site should be run underground in grey electrical PVC conduit at least 1′ deep. So you will probably want to be somewhat close to your power source. Then you need to consider whether or not you have enough power coming to your existing electrical system to adequately provide juice to your grow op. If not then you will have to get an electrician to help you. Just tell him the lil outbuilding is going to be a workshop and you need power run to it to run tools and what not. When he asks “why isn’t it a lil closer to your house?” tell him that your wife wanted to move out to the country for some peace and quiet and she’ll be deamned if she is going to listen to you bang and tinker out in the shed all day. A generator would also work well.

You are also going to need water at your site as well. I would suggest a well. Tell the well guy the same excuse you will tell the electrician. Good luck with your endeavor.

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