Article by Angela Stelmakowich, Growth Op
A group of men acting suspiciously around a white van, a veritable heat magnet, kicked off an investigation that ended with the discovery of a large-scale cannabis grow in an abandoned house in South Craven, U.K.
The North Yorkshire Police report that on the night of July 9, “a group of men in a white van were seen near the building and they were thought to be acting suspiciously,” according to the Craven Herald & Pioneer.
When police later searched the nearby house, they found “a significant amount of cannabis and cultivating equipment,” which was seized by specialized search officers. The investigation is continuing to identify who was involved in the grow-op, police report.
But the incident breathes life into why it is best not to use white vans when involved in illicit endeavours.
Last fall, $1.9 million in drugs was found in a white rental van near Port Hope, Ont. The 426 pounds of cannabis was discovered as police were responding to a call about a possible impaired driver and conducted a traffic stop to investigate.
“During the traffic stop, officers determined that the occupants of the vehicle were involved in the trafficking of illicit drugs,” the police noted at the time.