LONDON - The normal bustle of London's financial district has been
quieted by the latest national lockdown, with businesses shuttered and
work shifted to home.
But the sudden lull and the unexpected vacating of prime real estate
has seen at least one venture (albeit an illegal one) thrive: an
indoor weed farm.
That ended this past week when police officers discovered the criminal
operation, which they called a "cannabis factory," in a basement
equipped with wired lighting and ventilation tubes in a commercial
building not far from the Bank of England.
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GLASGOW - Every Friday for the past two months, Peter Krykant has
parked his white van on Parnie Street in central Glasgow, around the
corner from a games shop and several art galleries, and waited for
people to come by and inject illegal drugs.
Inside the van are two seats and two tables, each with a stainless
steel tray and hypodermic needles, as well as several biohazard trash
cans. The van is also equipped with naloxone, the medication used to
reverse an opioid overdose, and a defibrillator. (There are Covid-19
safety precautions, too: hand sanitizer and a box of masks.)
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