London Cops Raid Illegal Crypto-Mining Farm Hilariously Mistaking It For A Weed Grow House
Earlier this month, police in London were tipped off to a building within the Great Bridge Industrial Estate, Sandwell. Using drone surveillance, police saw a characteristic heat signature and people regularly going in and out. Therefore, when the police raided the location on May 18th, they were expecting a cannabis farm, but that is not what they found.
Upon entry, they saw shelves full of up to 100 application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) cryptocurrency miners rigged with exhaust pipes and a daisy-chained power system. As it turns out, the only illegal part about this is that the computers were spliced into the power network, which had “effectively stolen thousands of pounds of electricity,” as the BBC reports.
Thus, the police confiscated the equipment; however, no arrests have been made, and it seems they are still perplexed by the situation. Sgt. Jennifer Griffin explained that “It had all the hallmarks of a cannabis cultivation set-up and I believe it is only the second such crypto mine we have encountered in the West Midlands.”
(Hardware images courtesy of the BBC and West Midlands Police)