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Police find £4m cannabis factory

A sophisticated cannabis factory which produced up to £4 million of the drug has been discovered inside a derelict building.

Up to 6,000 cannabis plants were found in the empty property in West Hill, Dartford, Kent, following a tip-off on Monday.

Police estimate the drug factory, which included extensive lighting and ventilation equipment, produced cannabis estimated at between £2 million and £4 million.

Ian Learmonth, the chief constable of Kent Police, said it was unclear whether the drugs were to be used on the county's streets or elsewhere.

But nevertheless he said the shutting down of the operation marked a major blow to drug dealers and users. No arrests have yet been made.

Mr Learmonth said: "This is a major drugs supply operation and while we don't yet know whether these drugs were to be used on Kent streets or further afield, stripping down an operation of this size will undoubtedly make a big impact on the county's drug network.

"Keeping these drugs off our streets and out of the hands of dealers and vulnerable persons shows drugs will not be tolerated in Kent."

Officers will remain on the scene for a number of days dismantling the factory and gathering evidence, a police spokesman said.


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