£100,000 of cannabis found in drained Billericay swimming pool

£100,000 of cannabis found in drained swimming pool

£100,000 of cannabis found in drained swimming pool

First published in News Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

DRUG dealers drained a swimming pool... then filled it with a £100,000 drug factory.

Police discovered the sophisticated set up in a private swimming pool at a property in London Road, Billericay.

When officers arrived to raid the property, the “gardener” who had been caring for the cannabis, scarpered - leaving behind a drug-laden car, his dog and driving documents.

The drugs den was just meters from a children’s nursery.

Sgt Paul Costin, from Billericay Police Station said: “A member of the public reported a strong smell of cannabis coming from a property on London Road.

“Police officers attended the property but could not smell anything.

“Whilst there, they discovered the main house had an outhouse with a swimming pool in it that had been rented out.

“Officers executed a search warrant and found the swimming pool had been drained and a sophisticated cannabis factory had been built inside it.”

Police found the cannabis had recently been harvested and stuffed in to black plastic bin bags - lined up against one wall.

A further search found the suspect had recently been at the drugs den and had left behind a car filled with bags of cannabis with the keys in the ignition.

The man had also left behind his dog.

The pool had been boarded out and sealed with silicone so that nobody outside the pool house would suspect drugs were inside.

It is thought the cannabis started to smell as it was being harvested.

Sgt Costin added: “In my entire 27 years service I have never seen anything so well thought out.

“I have never seen anything like it before.”

It is not thought the owners of the property were involved in the cultivation of the cannabis.

Police have identified suspects and enquiries are continuing.

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6:49am Wed 20 Aug 14

Purple Om 89-91 says...

Drugs are Brilliant!!! I used to get high on life on life, but it's cut with all kinds of crap.
Drugs are Brilliant!!! I used to get high on life on life, but it's cut with all kinds of crap. Purple Om 89-91
  • Score: -12

7:14am Wed 20 Aug 14

The King of Southend says...

There was a similar scenario on a Cheech and Chong film except the cannabis had been genetically engineered and turned anyone smoking it into a lizard.

Obviously I only watch these type of films for research purposes.
There was a similar scenario on a Cheech and Chong film except the cannabis had been genetically engineered and turned anyone smoking it into a lizard. Obviously I only watch these type of films for research purposes. The King of Southend
  • Score: 6

9:53am Wed 20 Aug 14

Nelly99 says...

Purple Om 89-91 wrote:
Drugs are Brilliant!!! I used to get high on life on life, but it's cut with all kinds of crap.
Obviously drugs make you repeat yourself!
[quote][p][bold]Purple Om 89-91[/bold] wrote: Drugs are Brilliant!!! I used to get high on life on life, but it's cut with all kinds of crap.[/p][/quote]Obviously drugs make you repeat yourself! Nelly99
  • Score: 15

10:11am Wed 20 Aug 14

MilesBond says...

Another good find! Top work
Another good find! Top work MilesBond
  • Score: 16

10:19am Wed 20 Aug 14

pembury53 says...

"The drugs den was just meters from a children’s nursery" so what ? there not triffids
"The drugs den was just meters from a children’s nursery" so what ? there not triffids pembury53
  • Score: -8

12:31pm Wed 20 Aug 14

Robin Reliant says...

pembury53 wrote:
"The drugs den was just meters from a children’s nursery" so what ? there not triffids
Agree it makes no odds where they are found, but why don't police officers and community support officers have the same sense of smell as the general public, guess the home owner that was clawing in the rent will have a big repair bill now and gawd knows what the neighbours will say.
[quote][p][bold]pembury53[/bold] wrote: "The drugs den was just meters from a children’s nursery" so what ? there not triffids[/p][/quote]Agree it makes no odds where they are found, but why don't police officers and community support officers have the same sense of smell as the general public, guess the home owner that was clawing in the rent will have a big repair bill now and gawd knows what the neighbours will say. Robin Reliant
  • Score: -3

2:07pm Wed 20 Aug 14

Bernard Fatsack says...

MilesBond wrote:
Another good find! Top work
yes Id love to get my hands on that much top quality weed
[quote][p][bold]MilesBond[/bold] wrote: Another good find! Top work[/p][/quote]yes Id love to get my hands on that much top quality weed Bernard Fatsack
  • Score: -5

4:36pm Wed 20 Aug 14

Howard Cháse says...

pembury53 wrote:
"The drugs den was just meters from a children’s nursery" so what ? there not triffids
Parking Meters,Gas meters, water meters or electricity meters?

I think we should be told......
[quote][p][bold]pembury53[/bold] wrote: "The drugs den was just meters from a children’s nursery" so what ? there not triffids[/p][/quote]Parking Meters,Gas meters, water meters or electricity meters? I think we should be told...... Howard Cháse
  • Score: 7

4:16pm Thu 21 Aug 14

bazza 1 says...

Nelly99 wrote:
Purple Om 89-91 wrote:
Drugs are Brilliant!!! I used to get high on life on life, but it's cut with all kinds of crap.
Obviously drugs make you repeat yourself!
Maybe he just has a stutter. Just a thought.
[quote][p][bold]Nelly99[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Purple Om 89-91[/bold] wrote: Drugs are Brilliant!!! I used to get high on life on life, but it's cut with all kinds of crap.[/p][/quote]Obviously drugs make you repeat yourself![/p][/quote]Maybe he just has a stutter. Just a thought. bazza 1
  • Score: 3

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