Police were stunned when they received a tip-off about a place in the West Midlands of England that was “producing cannabis.” It turned out that bitcoins were produced instead of drugs where the police raided. “It looked like a classic cannabis growing center,” said one of the policemen who took part in the raid. But instead, we found about 100 computers inside, very complex cables and ventilation systems.”
British police raided a location in Sandwell the previous day after reports of drug production. Officials from West Midlands Police were stunned by the raid, which said there were allegations of cannabis being produced at the industrial site.
Police said in a statement that a mine that produced Bitcoin using illegal electricity was found at the alleged cannabis-producing venue. A network that produced cryptocurrencies using thousands of pounds of illegal electricity has been uncovered, officials said. But instead, we found about 100 computers, very complex cables, and ventilation systems inside.”
Officials also said network members traveled to the area at different times of the day, while all tools and computers were confiscated. Sandwell Police Chief Jennifer Griffin said, “This was not what we expected. There was a system and an environment where it looked like cannabis was being produced. We have uncovered this type of crypto mine in the West Midlands before.”
“As far as we can tell, mining for cryptocurrency is not illegal, but illegal electricity was used here. Therefore, legal action can be taken.” No one has been detained in connection with the incident and an investigation will be launched, while the owner will also be questioned.