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Wednesday 24 Sep 2014

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5 Live Investigates reveals cannabis a new money earner for squeezed middle classes

5 Live Investigates has revealed a shocking new money-earner for the squeezed middle classes – renting out the spare room to cannabis farmers.

Adrian Goldberg will review the story on 23 September on BBC Radio 5 Live Breakfast. The full report will air on Sunday 25 September from 9pm in 5 Live Investigates.

The investigation has revealed that cannabis farming is becoming a suburban phenomenon with the underground illegal activity spreading across the suburbs, as drugs farmers rent out single rooms rather than whole houses in order to avoid detection by thermal-image detecting police helicopters.

Adrian hears first-hand from three different people involved in this new style of cannabis farming: a professional woman from a leafy village in the North West of England who is growing cannabis in her spare room, a drug dealer from the West Midlands who has a number of middle-class professionals letting their spare rooms to him and a family man who has turned his spare room into a cannabis farm.

Adrian also speaks to DCI Martin Hurcomb from West Midlands Police about the changing nature of cannabis farming and what the authorities are doing about it.

5 Live Investigates can be heard on BBC Radio 5 Live between 9.00pm and 10.00pm, Sunday 25 September.

Notes to Editors

Please credit 5 Live Investigates on BBC Radio 5 Live

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