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Inside a cannabis factory in Wolverhampton where a gardener tried to escape from police on the roof

Meta Alban was jailed at Wolverhampton Crown Court on Tuesday after being found at the scene of the Reliance shopping estate on Livingstone Road, Bilston.

Express & Star joined police in the attack on February 21, which resulted in a 33-year-old man being arrested after trying to escape through a roof and a 30-minute struggle with officers who tried to get him to come down.

Photos and videos from inside the factory show some of the 681 factories with a market value of £252,000. The factory was so large that officers needed a drone to fly around its premises to keep their high-tech eyes and ears among the forest of cannabis plants.

Stihl circular saws were used to pry open the entrances to the building; all the while shouting at potential residents to “get on the floor!”

The police force their way in
The police force their way in

Upon entering the branch, more than 10 rooms filled with cannabis plants were discovered.

As officers pulled back the plastic curtain covering the hidden entrance, they were greeted by the first smell of cannabis and the sight of the living quarters that the growers were forced to use.