A massive bitcoin mine was found under operation in the West Midlands, UK, when the police went to raid a suspected cannabis farm. On May 18, police officials executed a search warrant in an industrial unit in Birmingham after receiving intelligence that the unit was being used as a marijuana farm. The department issued a press release and stated that it received reports of many people visiting the building at different times of the day. When the officials reached the estate, they found ventilation ducts and wiring coming from the building. They also noticed a considerable heat source, usually associated with a classic cannabis factory, from above using the drone. But when they entered the building, they discovered a massive bank of around 100 computers wired together with fans attached to large ventilation ducts.
“It’s certainly not what we were expecting. It had all the hallmarks of a cannabis cultivation set-up and I believe it’s only the second such crypto mine we’ve encountered in the West Midlands,” said Sandwell Police Sergeant Jennifer Griffin in a statement.
They added, “My understanding is that mining for cryptocurrency is not itself illegal but clearly abstracting electricity from the mains supply to power it is.”
Meanwhile, the Birmingham police said that all computers were seized. Inquiries with Western Power, the region’s energy supplier, revealed the electricity supply had been bypassed.
“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,” said Griffin in the regard.
Sources: Cryptoslate, News 18