An illegal cannabis grow operation was located in an unlikely place: the Legoland theme park. Legoland staff were apparently doing a routine check for asbestos in a vacant building when they ran into something a lot safer to breathe in. Over 50 “chest-high” marijuana plants were found growing under heat lamps with an irrigation system in a “derelict cottage” close to the entrance of the park.
“Following routine checks, we can confirm that illegal substances were found in a derelict cottage outside of the LEGOLAND Park boundary,” a Legoland spokesperson told the Scotsman Monday. “The building in question is inaccessible to the public and appears to have been accessed via the Crown Estate.”
We’ve heard the best place to hide is in plain sight, but there are probably better places for a grow operation than a theme park. However, 50 plus plants over 3 feet in height shouldn’t be somewhere a theme park employee could find it. The culprits might have to learn that lesson the hard way.
Legoland Marijuana Grow Details
After employees discovered the plants on Legoland property, they called the authorities. The Thames Valley police arrived at 11:15 am to find the plants and growing equipment. An ongoing investigation is currently going on.
So far, police have apprehended two suspects, but they have refused to release the identities of the suspects until further investigation. What we know so far is that a 40-year-old man from the town the theme park is in was arrested. The other suspect is a 34-year-old man from Burnham. Both have met bail until February 28th.
If convicted, both men could face up a whopping 14 years in prison, an “unlimited fine,” or both. They were accessing Legolands property from a nearby Crown Estate land owned by the Queen. Windsor Castle is only three miles away.
There are no details on how long the growers were able to get away with their operation before it was found.
Whoever set up that farm apparently never watched breaking bad. You wouldn’t catch Walter White’s meth van in the parking lot of a Six Flags. With a potential 14 year sentence for such a small grow operation, they may as well have been cooking meth.