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British police discover cannabis farm in 17th century aristocrat's castle

A huge cannabis farm inside Sir Benjamin Slade's XNUMXth-century castle

The XNUMXth-century castle of a controversial British aristocrat has been revealed as the site of a massive illicit cannabis cultivation. It took several days for officials to remove the plants and growing materials from the building.

Woodlands Castle in Britain is the latest historic site to be turned into an illegal cannabis cultivation facility.

The castle, located in southern Somerset, is apparently owned by a "controversial British aristocrat" named Sir Benjamin Slade. Known as Woodlands Castle, it "is known locally as an upscale wedding venue and is located a few miles from the other Slade Castle, an ancestral home that dates back to the 13th century," according to Canadian newspaper Regina. Leader-Post.

According to the newspaper, Slade “has long been a provocative figure among his British peers due to his large collection of firearms and his provocative statements (especially towards women and foreigners). He has already published an ad in which he was looking for a 'castle-trained' wife who would be a good 'breeder' ”.

Sir Benjamin Slade rented the property earlier this year and had no idea that drugs were being grown there.
Sir Benjamin Slade rented the property earlier this year and had no idea any grass was grown there.

Sir Benjamin Slade, 75, rented Woodlands Castle in Somerset earlier this year. The castle is known locally as an upscale wedding venue and is located a few miles from the other Slade Castle - an ancestral home that dates back to the 13th century. Woodlands has been closed for events since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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At the height of the pandemic, Slade had offered the UK government to use the castle as a medical center, but the proposal was clearly refused and he ended up renting the property instead. Until now, authorities believe he was unaware of any illegal activity on the property.

Woodlands Castle, set in 12 acres of grounds, is a well-known luxury wedding venue in Ruishton, 10 miles from Sir Benjamin's XNUMXth century ancestral home, Maunsel House, pictured
Woodlands Castle, set in 48562m2 of grounds, is a well-known luxury wedding venue in Ruishton, 10 miles from Sir Benjamin's XNUMXth century ancestral home, Maunsel House, pictured

Officials took several days to remove the plants and growing material from the building, but they did not say whether the cultivation caused any damage to the centuries-old property.

"Officials took several days to remove the plants and growing material from the building, but did not report whether any damage had been done to the centuries-old property as a result of the cultivation." , the newspaper reported . “Trung Nam Pham, 39, was arrested and appeared in court last week on the charges against him. He will remain in custody pending a hearing in Crown court. "

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