British police discover cannabis farm in 17th century aristocrats’ castle

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A huge cannabis farm inside Sir Benjamin Slade’s 17th century castle

The 17th century castle of a controversial British aristocrat has been revealed as the site of a massive illicit cultivation of cannabis. It took officials several days 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 growing 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 a luxury wedding venue and is located a few miles from the other Slade Castle, an ancestral home dating back to the 13th century,” according to the 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 already posted an ad 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 grown there.
Sir Benjamin Slade rented the property earlier this year and had no idea that grass was grown there.

Sir Benjamin Slade, 75, rented Woodlands Castle in Somerset earlier this year. The castle is known locally as a luxury wedding venue and is located just a few miles from the other Slade castle, an ancestral home dating 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 facility, but the proposal was clearly rejected and he ended up renting out the property. Until now, authorities believe he was unaware of any illegal activity on the property.

Woodlands Castle, set on 12 acres of grounds, is a well-known luxury wedding venue in Ruishton, 10 km from Sir Benjamin's 13th century ancestral home, Maunsel House, pictured
Woodlands Castle, set on 48562m2 of land, is a popular luxury wedding venue in Ruishton, 10km from Sir Benjamin’s 13th century ancestral home, Maunsel House, pictured

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

“It took officials several days to remove the plants and growing material from the building, but did not report whether damage to centuries-old property had occurred 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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