Cannabis plants worth £90,000 found in semi-detached house in Wigston

A cannabis gardener caught tending to 128 illegal plants has been convicted.

Kushtrim Sinani pleaded guilty to producing the Class B drug on Sunday, December 5.

Leicester Crown Court have been told police visited a semi-detached property in Brighton Close, Wigston, following a report of suspected cannabis cultivation.

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Elizabeth Dodds, prosecuting, said officers knocked on the door and initially received no response.

They looked through the mailbox and a hole in the curtains to see bright lights and cannabis plants inside.

The prosecutor said: “After about five minutes, the door was opened by the accused, Sinani, who presented himself and was arrested.

“There were 21 mature budding plants in the living room and another 19 in a front bedroom, 65 in the attic and 23 immature plants in a back bedroom.”

She said the crop, when harvested, would have had a potential market value of around £90,000.

The electric meter had been bypassed.

The defendant’s mobile phone was rendered inoperable because he had immersed it in a toilet before opening the door.

Islam Khan, mitigating, said Sinani had no previous convictions in the UK or overseas.

He said: “The defendant is very remorseful and regrets what he did.

“He comes from a poor background and knows the consequences will include deportation to Albania, where he worked in the mining industry but couldn’t make ends meet to support his elderly parents.

“He also has a disabled brother, who lost a leg in a mining accident.

“The defendant came to the UK illegally, in the back of a lorry and incurred a debt.

“He had been a cannabis gardener at Wigston’s address for approximately two months prior to his arrest.

“He had no other choice because of the debt.”

Sinani was imprisoned for 27 months.

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