Drugs found in Tesco-owned building
Published 03/06/2010 | 12:36
Police have uncovered a cannabis factory worth an estimated £1.4 million in a unit owned by Tesco.
More than 2,200 cannabis plants were recovered from the three-storey building in Whitstable, Kent.
A Tesco spokesman confirmed the property was owned by the supermarket giant, but said it was let out to other parties and the retailer was completely unaware of what it was being used for.
He said: "We can confirm that a police raid was carried out on these premises, which have been leased to a third party since June 2009.
"We are continuing to co-operate with the Kent Constabulary."
He said no Tesco products had ever been stored at the site.
Detective Sergeant Andy Nicoll of Kent Police said: "The action is part of a larger ongoing county-wide operation by Kent Police's serious and organised crime unit.
"It followed some painstakingly-thorough investigative work by the team, which took us to this location."
Two Vietnamese boys, aged 13 and 17, were arrested and charged with the production of cannabis and have been remanded in secure accommodation.