Three men who turned an underground nuclear bunker designed for Army VIPs into the “largest cannabis factory to be found in the south of England” have been jailed for a total of 18 years.
Martin Fillery, 46, had written a screenplay about cannabis production before he joined the £2m-a-year criminal enterprise at the Regional General Headquarters (RGHQ) in Chilmark, Wiltshire.
The movie memorabilia buff leased the remote building in 2013 and initially used it as a storage facility for his business selling model Daleks and cars.
Martin Fillery was jailed for eight years for his role in the cannabis factory. (Wiltshire Police)
Plamen Nguyen, 27, and Ross Winter, 31, joined the pot production plot to help organise the gardeners and transport the drugs, Salisbury Crown Court heard.
Prosecutor Charles Thomas said: “This case concerns what had originally been built and designed as a nuclear bunker to be used by important personnel coming from the Army headquarters in the event of a nuclear war.
“In the 1990s that building was decommissioned.”
The court heard police were tipped off by a delivery driver who reported a cannabis smell at the site and officers carried out three periods of CCTV surveillance before raiding the bunker in February 2017.
They found 4,425 plants at all stages of production as well as 6,500 dead used plants with a total value of £1.25m.
Mr Thomas said that about 20kg of harvested and dried cannabis was also found with a value of about £99,000.
The factory was capable of producing up to £2m-worth of cannabis a year.
“That puts the enterprise in category A of the guidelines as a production of cannabis on an industrial scale,” said Mr Thomas.
As well as the equipment used to grow the cannabis, which would have cost