Drone fitted with thermal camera finds £500,000 cannabis farm

A police drone that uses cutting edge thermal imaging technology busted a huge cannabis farm with a street value of £500,000.

Deployed in Willenhall, Walsall, last month, the aircraft picked up a large heat source coming from a disused pub.

On closer inspection, officers from West Midlands Police found a cannabis factory inside with 600 plants worth a cool half a million.

Cannabis factories need lots of heat and light to grow their illegal crop which means properties housing drugs farms light-up like beacons on the heat-seeking cameras.

Sergeant Keith Bennett, the lead officer for drones, said: “They have proved invaluable.

“They have helped in the search for more than 250 missing people and also assisted in the arrest of more than 90 crime suspects.

“They can cover ground so much more quickly than officers on foot.

A police drone that uses cutting edge thermal imaging technology busted a huge CANNABIS farm with a street value of £500,000. See SWNS story SWMDdrone; Deployed in Willenhall, Walsall, last month, the aircraft picked up a large heat source coming from a disused pub. On closer inspection, officers from West Midlands Police found a cannabis factory inside with 600 plants worth a cool half a million. Cannabis factories need lots of heat and light to…

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