‘Fortified’ Blackpool cannabis farm worth £950,000 raided as two charged and named

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Two Albanian nationals have been arrested for Production of Cannabis and Immigration offences. The premises has been placed under a prohibition order by the council.

 

"Heavily fortified" cannabis farm uncovered on Coronation Street, Blackpool
“Heavily fortified” cannabis farm uncovered on Coronation Street, Blackpool (Image: Lancashire Police)

A ‘heavily fortified’ cannabis farm with plants worth £950,000 has been uncovered by police on well known street in Blackpool.

Blackpool Central Neighbourhood team, Blackpool Neighbourhood Taskforce and Blackpool Council executed a drugs warrant based on the community information on Coronation Street.

Although described as ‘heavily fortified’ by officers, the authorities were able to gain entry and a large cannabis setup was located during the raid yesterday (September 13).

Two Albanian nationals have been arrested for production of cannabis and immigration offences.

The premises has been placed under a prohibition order by the council.

Basic living quarters discovered on cannabis farm
Basic living quarters discovered on cannabis farm (Image: Lancashire Police)

Electricity North West were in attendance as the premises had been connected illegally to the mains electric supply on Hull Road, Blackpool.

This resulted in the mains electric being disconnected for one side of Hull Road in order to fix it.

Around 950 plants were removed in total.

Locks to prevent entry to cannabis farm
Locks to prevent entry to cannabis farm (Image: Lancashire Police)

Police say the photos show the extent of the cannabis setup, the reinforcement on the door and the electrical connections, which are a significant fire risk.

Other photos show the living quarters which are basic and have no windows or ventilation within.

Frrok Zefi, 42, and Aldi Gjetani, 27, both of no fixed address, have been charged with production of cannabis and remanded in custody.

They are set to appear in court tomorrow (September 15).