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Police arrest landlord after seizing £400k worth of cannabis in Coventry

The landlord of two properties in Coventry has been arrested after police seized cash and drugs worth £400,000.

The money and drugs were discovered during major police raids in Cheylesmore.

Officers from our Binley and Willenhall team raided an address in Glover Street earlier this week and found a haul of cannabis hidden under kitchen floorboards.

According to West Midlands Police, five large holdalls were stuffed with dried cannabis bud in vacuum-packed bags, plus large bundles of cash found dotted around the house.

Two men aged 24 and 36, one living in Coventry and the other from London, were arrested on suspicion of possessing drugs with intent to supply.

The landlord of the property has now been was traced to an address in Heather Road, Binley Woods, where he was arrested for money laundering and drug supply.

Enquiries at another property owned by the 44-year-old landlord, in Ulverscroft Road, Coventry, led to West Midlands Police discovering another stash of cannabis in the garage ready for distribution, plus around £5,000 in cash hidden under a bed.

Two more men, aged 26 and 23, were arrested from that address on suspicion of cannabis cultivation and immigration offences.

The operation netted drugs and cash with a total value believed to be around £400,000.

Sgt Deb Walker, said: “It appears we’ve disrupted a very large drugs operation with a rogue landlord suspected of using his property portfolio for drugs production and supply.

“We initially received community intelligence suggesting a property in Ulverscroft Road was being used to grow cannabis. We raided it on July 24 and found 400 cannabis plants.

“A total of seven addresses owned by the same landlord have now been searched across Coventry.

“We suspect the addresses and the drugs are linked to wider organised crime and enquiries are progressing with our gangs unit to understand the full extent of the operation.

“There is also evidence that illegal immigrants are being used and exploited to grow and package drugs.”

All of the men arrested have been released under investigation while police enquiries continue.

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    A person was convicted of criminal money-laundering and supplying drugs -i.e. nothing to do with tenancy issues. He just happened to be a landlord. This should be a non-story for a Landlord platform.

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    In the article it specifically mentioned that he misused his position as a landlord to carry out criminal activities. By the sounds of it he was using his tenants to produce the drugs and then profited off of them. So there is an issue here of tenancy exploitation.

     
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    Peter

    That's like saying members of a criminal gang are exploiting each other! It might true in some county lines drug couriers but criminals usually know exactly what they're getting into, tenant or landlord alike.

    The article also specifically mentioned that the abuse of the accomplices was evidently due to their being illegal immigrants - who clearly couldn't be accommodated by any law abiding landlord.

    The guy is not a typical landlord any more than a getaway driver is a typical motorist!

     
  • Paul Barrett

    Shame the authorities don't prosecute fraudster LL who let to tenants without CTL from their residential lender.
    There are estimated to be 300000 of those and don't tell me LA aren't complicit in this fraud.

    Then of course there will those fraudster LL committing insurance fraud as you can hardly have a residential mortgage without CTL .
    Residential insurance won't cover tenants.

    In fact fraud is endemic in the PRS and causes UNFAIR COMPETITION.
    It also keeps rents lower than they should be.

    Yet nobody seems prepared to address common criminality amongst many LL.
    We also include those who let to DSS tenants in breach of their mortgage conditions

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