Brighton and Hove News »Cannabis farm discovered in Brighton

A cannabis farm has been discovered in a disused building on a busy road in Preston village, Brighton.

Stanford House in the village of Preston in Brighton

A crop worth tens of thousands had been gathered from the building – Stanford House – which was built in 1908 and served as the home of the Preston Club.

Sussex Police said: ‘Police are investigating after the discovery of a large scale cannabis cultivation facility in Brighton.

“On Thursday 30 December, police responded to a report of suspicious activity at a disused building, Stanford House, in South Road, Brighton.

“Inside the building, they found a large commercial cannabis ‘factory’ that had been recently harvested, with the cannabis drying out and awaiting further preparation.

“The estimated market value of the crop is in the range of £ 45,000 to £ 65,000.

“Commercial cannabis sites like this are often closely linked to organized crime, including modern slavery and human trafficking.

“Although no arrests have yet been made, a full investigation is underway to identify those involved.”

Detective Sergeant Chris Lane said: ‘We would particularly like to speak to anyone who has traveled in a vehicle equipped with a dashcam along South Road, Brighton, between 7.40 am and 8.20 am on Thursday, December 30, as they may have captured inadvertently providing evidence relevant to the investigation.

“If you can help us with any information, please contact us online or by calling 101, citing serial number 373 as of 12/30.”

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