Police in south Wales who got a whiff of something unusual near their headquarters were dumbfounded to find a cannabis factory next door to the building – and it may have been under their noses for years.
Officers in Bridgend had grown increasingly suspicious about the ‘empty’ warehouse near the main custody suite in the south Wales town, despite a temperature scan by a force helicopter revealing nothing unusual about the building.
But when police smelled something strange and ventured inside, they were shocked to find the factory unit filled with cannabis plants, with a neighbouring business owner calling the drugs haul the ‘biggest they had ever found’.
‘No-one had a clue, but it could have been going on for a number of years,’ Hayley Pells, a car maintenance worker, told MailOnline.
‘They appear to have been very professional. They invested heavily in being very secure and very discreet.
‘They were still suspicious about the unit and when they noticed a smell from it they acted.
‘They told us that the plants were growing in insulated boxes which was why nothing showed up on thermal imaging.’
Ms Pells’ father Andy Murdock said there could have been as much as 9,000 square foot of cannabis.
‘A South Wales Police spokeswoman said: ‘Three men have been arrested and are currently in police custody.’