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Cops Stumble on Bitcoin Mine in Hunt for U.K. Cannabis Farm

  • Police seize computers illegally taking power off the grid
  • Mining Bitcoin globally uses more energy a year than Holland
The mining rig operation in a warehouse in Sandwell, U.K.
The mining rig operation in a warehouse in Sandwell, U.K.Source: West Midlands Police
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When British police raided a warehouse, they were expecting to find a cannabis farm. Instead they found banks of computers illegally siphoning the electricity needed to mine for Bitcoin.

Cops in West Midlands, England seized around 100 computer units that were working to bypass the local power grid. They discovered the warehouse after sending a drone over the site, which detected a considerable heat source.