More than £2 million of cannabis found

17 August 2010, 16:00 | Updated: 17 August 2010, 17:23

Drugs with an estimated street value of more than £2 million have been found at an industrial unit in Westcott.

Thames Valley Police carried out a raid there yesterday (Monday) morning.

Officers discovered around 1,000 cannabis plants in various stages of production, which were growing in 18 shipping containers in a warehouse.

Detective Chief Inspector Rebecca Mears from Aylesbury Police Station said:

"This is one of the largest cannabis factories we have discovered so far. It's a sophisticated set-up and I would estimate the street value of the drugs we have seized to be well over £2 million."

Two 29-year-old men were at the warehouse when police arrived - they were arrested and have since been charged.

29-year-old Thomas Waite, of Ingram Avenue in Aylesbury and 29-year-old Martin Walker, of Webster Road in Aylesbury, have been charged with offences under the Misuse of Drugs Act and Firearms Act and have been remanded to prison.

An estimated £10,000 that was seized at the home address of Walker is being retained under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

The offence under the Firearms Act relates to an electric stun gun which was found at Waite's address yesterday afternoon.

Forensic work is currently underway at the premises where the drugs were discovered.