A man has admitted growing a cannabis farm after hundreds of plants were found inside the former County Times offices in Welshpool.

Police said that the 246 plants of cannabis with a value of roughly £500,000 were seized from the property next door to Greggs bakery on Tuesday (January 9).

At Mold Magistrates' Court today (Thursday), Dino Marku, aged 39, of no fixed abode, Puzzle Square, Welshpool, pleaded guilty to producing the Class B drug and remains in custody.

District Judge Jones fixed the sentencing for Thursday, February 1, which will be held at Mold Crown Court.

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The court heard that Marku would be remanded and not granted bail because he was deemed likely to offend, and the nature and seriousness of the offence.

Marku was charged after police discovered the “sophisticated” set-up for cannabis cultivating in the empty property which had its electricity supply diverted to grow hundreds of plants.

Dyfed-Powys Police said its officers are investigating whether the ex-County Times building haul was linked to a cannabis farm inside the former HSBC building in Broad Street on Monday (January 8).

Police said the plants were seized from the old bank building, which closed as a branch of HSBC in September 2021, and was left in a dangerous condition and Scottish Power had been called to assist.