An unusual incident was reported by British police this week; Agents in the city of Birmingham in the UK suspected that there was a cannabis plantation on a farm, but when they got there they found a cryptocurrency ‘mine’. The device stole electricity from the national grid to maintain the power supply.
Police suspected that a cannabis plantation was operating at the site, along with high voltage networks, cables, ventilation ducts, as well as a large transmission of people.
“A police drone found the source of the temperate heat from above. All of these are good signs of a cannabis factory – but when officers were able to enter, they found a large bank with 100 computer units, which appeared to be a mining operation,” Bitcoin police said in a statement.
Police say the cryptocurrency ‘mine’ was stealing thousands of pounds of electricity.
We discovered a cryptocurrency “mine” that steals thousands of pounds of electricity from the power grid. Police said they were forced to enter the area following intelligence information that it was being used as a cannabis farm. .
Technical equipment was seized. Local police sergeant Jennifer Griffin said: “Of course this is not what we expected! It had all the hallmarks of a cannabis farm setup, and I believe it was the second ‘crypto-mine’ we found in the West Midlands.
“My understanding is that cryptocurrency mining is not illegal in itself, but it is stealing electricity from the grid,” Griffin added.
No arrests were made as the space was vacant when agents arrived. However, an investigation was launched to clarify the case.