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Cannabis factory found in Bristol

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Media captionBristol police find cannabis worth £2.5m at city industrial estate

A huge cannabis factory has been discovered on an industrial estate in Bristol.

The operation, which included 2,800 cannabis plants, was the largest found by the Avon and Somerset force.

The unit at Newbridge Trading estate in Brislington also had thousands of pounds worth of growing equipment.

Living areas for the people paid to grow the drugs were also found. Police said investigations are continuing.

Force drugs strategy manager Paul Bunt said: "This was a very sophisticated set up and a highly organised production site.

"[The] seizures will have a direct impact on the supply of cannabis in Bristol.

"All of these plants will now be destroyed and will not reach some of the most vulnerable members of our society."

Mr Blunt added that cannabis is seen by some as a "lower level drug" but the cannabis trade itself is illegal and the police "take it very seriously".

The find was part of Operation Viscount, which is tackling cannabis cultivation in the area.

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