Written by Brittney Sanger for HERB
Police discovered a massive cannabis farm in an underground Cold War nuclear bunker. The caretaker of the old Drakelow Tunnels, Wayne Robinson, now awaits prison after being found guilty at Birmingham Crown Court for his involvement in allowing the illegal operation. Officers found 900 plants in one tunnel, which is enough to produce 70K worth of class B drugs. Plans are being made to turn this historical complex into the UK’s largest Cold War museum.
In 1941, the Drakelow Tunnels that run beneath Kingsford Country Park were built as a “shadow” factory for Rover motor company. Aircraft parts were produced in the underground complex during the war but was handed over to tank production when the war ceased.
In 1961, the undercover operation grew, with half the tunnels transformed into bolt holes, in case a nuclear war should occur. The process managed to stay confidential until the Cold War came to an end in 1990. The Ministry of Defense eventually declared Drakelow surplus to requirements.