Cannabis haul one of biggest ever

Cannabis farm on Wallgate
Cannabis farm on Wallgate
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THE cannabis farm raided in Wigan town centre this week was one of the biggest drug factories ever found in the borough.

And the public have continued to discuss what appears to be the solution to a mystery pong around the Wallgate area that had been wafting over shoppers and workers since the beginning of the year.

People had been talking about that smell in the air some days since the turn of the year but it was put down to the aromas coming from the nearby Allgates brewery. If that was part of the cannabis growers’ cover then it was a clever one

Three men, aged 43, 40 and 27, were last night still being questioned by detectives after being arrested on suspicion of producing cannabis.

They were detained after Tuesday morning’s drama which saw dozens of officers, some of them armed, raiding several premises in Wallgate and eventually focusing on a series of rooms running above shops on the bus station side of the road.

Upwards of 3,000 plants in various stages of growth, complete with the paraphernalia of cannabis cultivation including hydroponic lamps were seized.

One worker at a nearby shop, who did not want to be identified, said: “We were completely shocked when we heard what had happened. At first when we saw all the armed police, we thought that there had been a robbery.

“But then it came out that this huge amount of drugs had been covered from rooms overlooking one of Wigan town centre’s main streets. It sounds like this cannabis farm has been thriving under everyone’s noses for months. For the life of me I thought those upper rooms were empty.”

Another said: “People had been talking about that smell in the air some days since the turn of the year but it was put down to the aromas coming from the nearby Allgates brewery. If that was part of the cannabis growers’ cover then it was a clever one.”

Police have themselves described the operation as an “audacious” one and referred to the seizure as a “fantastic result.”

Anyone with details about the drug factory is asked to ring police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.