Victim of Modern Slavery Found in Bristol Cannabis Growing Room St Judes

Modern Slavery Bristol:

A victim of modern slavery was found during a drugs bust in the St Judes area of Central Bristol last month.

A power distribution company discovered a cannabis growing room in a warehouse in Lawfords Gate on Wednesday 30 May.

The set up was ‘dangerously’ connected to the mains electricity, with urgent works required to make the supply safe.

A 25-year-old man was locked inside the space with 300 suspected cannabis plants. Though initially arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the production of a controlled drug, he has since been released and is considered a possible victim of modern slavery.

Modern slavery can include victims brought into the country from overseas as well as vulnerable people in the UK. It is the movement and trade of people across all age groups, frequently for sexual exploitation, forced labour or even organ harvesting.

Human traffickers can use threats, force, abduction and false promises to obtain their victims.

A 49-year-old man from Bristol has also been arrested for drug production and has been released under investigation.

The crop of plants along with all the growing equipment has been seized and removed.

Police say: ‘There have been a number of fires in our policing area which have been a result of tampering with the electricity supply in order to grow cannabis. Drug supply can also be behind anti-social behaviour and other crime which can have a significant impact on a community, so officers always take this sort of information seriously.’

For more information about modern slavery, visit: https://www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/advice/threats,-assault-and-hate-crime/modern-slavery/

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