City of London Police
Home to the London Stock Exchange, the Bank of England and many companies, the financial district, known as the City, usually abounds with activity.
But the scenes, sounds and smells of the normally busy city have been withheld thanks to the coronavirus pandemic.
Recently, people in the area noticed something different in the air.
The smell of cannabis.
Police say they found the first “cannabis factory” in London last week. Officers destroyed 826 plants found in the basement of a non-residential property inside London’s financial district.
It was the strong smell of cannabis that led officials to the bust, which police called “significant”.
Growers likely took advantage of reduced footfall in the midst of the pandemic, police say, as the normally busy area makes it less than ideal for a hidden, illegal farm. Police rudely headline a press release on the incident “City of London Police eradicate crime.”
The city, London’s historic center and economic hub, is also known as the Square Mile because it is only 1.12 square miles in area.
Recreational cannabis is illegal to use, sell or grow in the UK and can result in up to 14 years in prison, fines or both. Police made two arrests in the case, saying they are continuing to investigate.