Recently in North Wales, police were tipped off about a legal mushroom farm. They arrived at the location which was located deep inside old abandoned railway tunnels. They were aware that this was a legal operation housing a mushroom farm in the underground tunnels. What they were called about had nothing to do with the mushrooms. Police raided the railway tunnels and found huge steel doors, a secret entrance, and gates which lead to something very serious.
Here is the entrance of the mushroom farm. When they broke past the huge steel doors and the gates, they fell upon the biggest pot farm in recent North Wales history.
They found 5 secret growing rooms, one of which a street value of over $373,000 dollars. The combined value of all five rooms equals to be over $3,315,000 dollars! During the drug bust, four men were taken into custody, all of which plead guilty.
Retired builder and great-grandfather Gerald Davies, 63, was the oldest captured.
John Vincent, 59, a building designer admitted to conspiring to distribute the marijuana and assisted in growing the illegal substance.
Phillip Bigley, 22, was a gardener in the tunnels and was also arrested.
His friend Christopher McIntyre, 30, was also a gardener in the tunnels. The two distributors pictured above have been sentenced to 3 years and 4 months of prison and the two gardeners will receive 12 months for their crimes.
The abandoned railway tunnels served as a perfect secret place with ideal conditions to grow the class B drug in North Wales.
Authorities found a secret entrance leading to one of the huge grow rooms.
Another room housed pounds and pounds of harvested marijuana hanging to dry. Once dry, it is dispersed to dealers.
The people who were caught, arrested, and charged are not the people behind the operation. They never found the ones responsible for funding the drug operation. They were simply employees of a legitimate mushroom business as well as the illegal marijuana grow operation
Authorities found 1,207 plants in various stages of growth in the 5 grow rooms. They also found 4 large irrigation rooms and a substation that powered the operation. Roads were rebuilt for use and huge steel doors were installed. This was no small venture. Police say that this was one of the best designed and constructed drug operations they have ever come across.