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That story about a nuclear bunker with a massive weed farm isn’t what it seems

inside the factory.

On the surface, it may seem like a story that’s highly relevant to millennial interests.

Police in Wiltshire uncovered a massive weed farm inside a bunker built in 1985 to protect government officials and local dignitaries in the event of a nuclear attack.

What’s cooler than thousands of cannabis plants, worth £1 million ($1.26 million) in total, for your doomsday scenario?

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The raid is also straight from an action movie. The bunker, which was owned by the Ministry of Defence and shut down in 1992, is almost impenetrable so officers had to wait for three people to leave in order to detain them and gain access to the site.

“There are approximately 20 rooms in the building, split over two floors, each 200 feet long and 70 feet wide. Almost every single room had been converted for the wholesale production of cannabis plants, and there was a large amount of evidence of previous crops. This was an enormous set up.” detective inspector Paul Franklin said.

However, there is more.

Inside the bunker, police also found three other people, aged 15, 19 and 37, “all of no fixed abode.”

According to Franklin, they were undocumented immigrants “who were held there against their will, not allowed to leave and forced to work as gardeners” in the marijuana factory.

Image: Wiltshire Police

“We believe they are victims of human trafficking,” he said. “They were forced to sleep inside the bunker, which is all built in concrete so it’s like living underground.”

The three men who were detained outside the bunker, aged 27, 30 and 45, were arrested on suspicion of cannabis production and human trafficking offences.

Franklin said that the phenomenon of drug cultivators exploiting undocumented immigrants for growing cannabis is sadly common in the UK.

A report by the National Police Chiefs’ Council stated that there is “a continued link between commercial cultivation, modern slavery and people living without legal permission to remain in the UK, including the exploitation of vulnerable adults and children.”

Police in Wiltshire, UK, uncovered a massive weed farm inside a nuclear bunker.

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.

  • 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.