U.K. police arrested illegal cryptocurrency mining, seized over 100 Antminer S9s
According to information from police sergeant Jennifer Griffin, a cryptocurrency mining farm in the West Midlands region of the UK is operating illegally and engaging in illegal behavior.
Police officers were looking for a cannabis factory but ended up seizing 100 ASICs with illegal cryptocurrency mining
First, officers forcibly entered the facility after being informed of a cannabis farm. After sending a drone to the building to discover that it was emitting a lot of heat. Along with visible ventilation ducts, these are signs of a cannabis growing facility, but it ended up being an illegal cryptocurrency mining operation.
According to police sergeant Jennifer Griffin, it stole electricity from the National Grid to mine Bitcoin with over 100 Antminer S9s. And all these mining rigs have now been seized.
“We’ve seized the equipment and will be looking into permanently seizing it under the Proceeds of Crime Act.”
Since no one was on the premises at the time of the bust, no arrests had been made at press time.
But Griffin says they will continue to ask:
“We’ve seized the equipment and will be looking into permanently seizing it under the Proceeds of Crime Act. No one was at the unit at the time of the warrant and no arrests have been made—but we’ll be making inquiries with the unit’s owner.”
In December last year, a similar illegal mining farm was uncovered. CEZ Group, one of the largest exporters of electricity in Europe, uncovered its biggest theft of electricity in Bulgaria to date. Bulgaria is a country with a population of seven million, frequently makes news because of its shady cryptocurrency miners.
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