U.K. police Accidently uncover illegal Cryptocurrency mining farm instead of Cannabis in England’s West Midlands region.
According to Jennifer Griffin police sergeant, the illegal mining farm was stealing electricity from the National Grid to mine Bitcoin. They managed to seize around 100 Antminer S9s and equipment. The authorities will try to seize them permanently under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
The raid was carried out after being tipped off about a cannabis farm. Before entering forcibly into the premises drones were sent to explore the tipoff site. The police discovered it was emitting plenty of heat and had ventilation ducts. These are telltale signs of the site being used for cannabis cultivation, instead, it turned out to be an illegal crypto mining operation.
According to Griffin, no arrests have been made as no one was present at the premises, while further investigations are in progress.
Griffin further added “We’ve seized the equipment and will be looking into permanently seizing it under the Proceeds of Crime Act. No one was at the unit at the time of the warrant and no arrests have been made—but we’ll be making inquiries with the unit’s owner.”
Earlier a similar illegal mining farm was uncovered in a small Bulgarian village of Herakovo in December.
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