Police busted a massive cannabis farm filled with 5ft plants – and ‘arrested’ a surprise discovery.
Because a TORTOISE was found among the drugs at the huge drugs factory, which was spread over three floors at a lock-up in Hockley.
The raid was understood to have taken place in the early hours of this morning ( Friday, September 20)
West Midlands Police posted: “MASSIVE Cannabis factory discovered in Hockley. Thousands of plants across three floors.
“Some as tall as these fine officers ( 5”4 ) complex work involved in making the building safe with western power currently digging up the road.
“Huge financial loss to the OCG.”
A second tweet was accompanied by a photograph of the tortoise. Officers said: “As well as the plants officers have recovered this little gem. Currently at Newtown police station helping us with our enquires.”
It’s the latest cannabis bust in the West Midlands. On Sunday September 15, police discovered cannabis plants in a cellar of a property in Dial Lane, West Bromwich.
Last year, West Midlands Police revealed it had recovered £61 million of plants from addresses across the region in 2017.
The areas with the most cannabis farms included Edgbaston , Erdington , Handsworth , Winson Green, Smethwick and Dudley.
The force is urging people to get in touch if they suspect one is next door to them.
Tell-tale signs of a cannabis factory include: A strong, sweet, leafy odour coming from an address; A constant low humming noise; Windows blacked out or curtains drawn all day; Large silver ducting tubes coming from the property/ Powerful lights on at night.