Booby-trapped cannabis factory disguised as tyre workshop in Hackbridge

Mohamed Nahid Din

Mohamed Nahid Din

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A drug farmer who rigged his cannabis factory with shotgun booby traps and disguised it as a tyre workshop has been imprisoned.

In what police called a "sophisticated set up", 48-year-old Kent man Mohamed Nahid Din operated a cannabis factory made up of more than 500 plants in a unit on the Wandle Valley Trading Estate off Goat Road in Hackbridge.

But he disguised it using the façade of a respectable-looking tyre company complete with a reception area and a front desk.

When police raided the factory in September last year they found the wall behind the reception to be fake and removed it revealing a cannabis factory about half the size of a tennis court housing the plants, which were neatly organised according to their size.

The cultivation area was guarded by two booby traps made up of shotguns loaded with blanks designed to fire when a tripwire was activated.

These were not active when police raided the factory and they were found to Din hiding behind another false wall in an area kitted out with a bed, a TV, a kettle and some basic food.

Officers had to use a police dog to investigate the factory as there was no natural light. Crime squad officer PC Dan Pullan said: "This was a very sophisticated set up. A lot of time, money and effort had been put in to disguise this factory from the police and its neighbours."

Police investigated the factory after they became suspicious that some of the walls of the building were false. A meticulous examination of the building plans confirmed their suspicions prior to the raid.

Din, of Eggringe in Ashford, Kent, was sentenced to 18 months in jail and ordered to pay a £100 victim surcharge after pleading guilty to producing a class B drug at Croydon Crown Court on December 20.

 

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2:17pm Wed 8 Jan 14

rocket400 says...

kent man !
kent man ! rocket400
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3:05pm Wed 8 Jan 14

CVF420 says...

Our current policy of prohibition in regards to cannabis has been an indefensible failure. Stories like this will continue to be the norm as long as this failed policy is pursued. A policy of legal regulation needs to be implemented as soon as possible. A legal scheme would create thousands of taxable jobs, that would give our economy a much needed boost. It is time to stop arresting adults for consuming/growing a substance safer than both alcohol and tobacco.

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Our current policy of prohibition in regards to cannabis has been an indefensible failure. Stories like this will continue to be the norm as long as this failed policy is pursued. A policy of legal regulation needs to be implemented as soon as possible. A legal scheme would create thousands of taxable jobs, that would give our economy a much needed boost. It is time to stop arresting adults for consuming/growing a substance safer than both alcohol and tobacco. Cannabis Volunteer Force (CVF) CVF Media Team facebook.com/cvf420 CVF420
  • Score: -5

4:03pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Marie from Sutton says...

Great, I shall get stoned as well as getting p...ed drunk while learning Russian and Polish and guaranteed a new job in this new industry as a translator.
No wonder all the European want to come to the UK as ever so lax and so many living in cookoo land.
Great, I shall get stoned as well as getting p...ed drunk while learning Russian and Polish and guaranteed a new job in this new industry as a translator. No wonder all the European want to come to the UK as ever so lax and so many living in cookoo land. Marie from Sutton
  • Score: 0

7:10am Thu 9 Jan 14

Dr Martin says...

CVF420 wrote:
Our current policy of prohibition in regards to cannabis has been an indefensible failure. Stories like this will continue to be the norm as long as this failed policy is pursued. A policy of legal regulation needs to be implemented as soon as possible. A legal scheme would create thousands of taxable jobs, that would give our economy a much needed boost. It is time to stop arresting adults for consuming/growing a substance safer than both alcohol and tobacco.

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As if stoners will pay tax on their weed
[quote][p][bold]CVF420[/bold] wrote: Our current policy of prohibition in regards to cannabis has been an indefensible failure. Stories like this will continue to be the norm as long as this failed policy is pursued. A policy of legal regulation needs to be implemented as soon as possible. A legal scheme would create thousands of taxable jobs, that would give our economy a much needed boost. It is time to stop arresting adults for consuming/growing a substance safer than both alcohol and tobacco. Cannabis Volunteer Force (CVF) CVF Media Team facebook.com/cvf420[/p][/quote]As if stoners will pay tax on their weed Dr Martin
  • Score: 1

4:27pm Thu 9 Jan 14

emelem says...

the tax would be built in like that of alcohol. do you think drunks would voluntarily pay tax on booze if given the choice? nahhhhh
the tax would be built in like that of alcohol. do you think drunks would voluntarily pay tax on booze if given the choice? nahhhhh emelem
  • Score: 0

4:58pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Dr Martin says...

emelem wrote:
the tax would be built in like that of alcohol. do you think drunks would voluntarily pay tax on booze if given the choice? nahhhhh
built in or not, stoners keep telling me how easy it is to get weed , so how would you prevent tax free weed?
[quote][p][bold]emelem[/bold] wrote: the tax would be built in like that of alcohol. do you think drunks would voluntarily pay tax on booze if given the choice? nahhhhh[/p][/quote]built in or not, stoners keep telling me how easy it is to get weed , so how would you prevent tax free weed? Dr Martin
  • Score: 0

5:08pm Thu 9 Jan 14

emelem says...

ah right, i see what you mean... never mind then! :)
ah right, i see what you mean... never mind then! :) emelem
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