Police raid cannabis farm, find Bitcoin mine

Police raid cannabis farm, find Bitcoin mine

Sandwell Bitcoin mine found stealing electricity Published About sharing image copyright West Midlands Police image caption Police had expected to find a cannabis farm but instead discovered about 100 computer units “mining” the cryptocurrency
A suspected Bitcoin “mining” operation illegally stealing electricity has been found by police who were searching for a cannabis farm.
Officers had been tipped off about the site on the Great Bridge Industrial Estate, Sandwell, and raided it on 18 May, West Midlands Police said.
Instead of cannabis plants they found a bank of about 100 computer units.
The force said the cryptocurrency “mine” had effectively stolen thousands of pounds of electricity.
Inquiries with network operator Western Power Distribution found an illegal connection to the electricity supply. image copyright West Midlands Police image caption The Bitcoin “mining” operation had stolen thousands of pounds of electricity, police said
Detectives said they were tipped off about lots of people visiting the unit throughout the day and a police drone picked up a lot of heat coming from the building.
Sgt Jennifer Griffin said, given the signs, they had expected to find a cannabis farm.

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