Chance discovery of hijacked power supply prompts cannabis factory to find
Police came across a cannabis factory at a Coventry address after discovering that the electricity supply had been bypassed during a raid on another property.
And following the accidental discovery in the Glover Street house, Cheylesmore, they arrested Flamur Shera.
Homeless Shera, 45, was jailed for 12 months after pleading guilty at Warwick Crown Court to being involved in the production of cannabis.
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David Jackson, prosecuting, said: “This offense was brought to light by accident.”
He explained that on October 13, police were executing a warrant at a house in the area when they were alerted that the power supply to another property had been bypassed.
They traced the bypassed supply to a house on Glover Street where they looked through the mailbox and saw there was a cannabis farm inside.
Officers also saw Shera exit the back door, and he was arrested and detained.
Inside the property, they discovered that the loft was full of cannabis plants and had been fitted with fans, transformers, and an irrigation system.
The front chamber had similar equipment and a large number of smaller plants, while the master chamber contained fully mature plants and evidence of a previous harvest.
The back chamber served as a drying room, with harvested cannabis plants hanging on strings to dry, and there were also three large bags of harvested and dried cannabis buds.
Mr Jackson said there was no evidence of an appraisal, but there were a total of 257 plants in the house.
Came to the country as a tourist
When interviewed Shera, an Albanian national, said he came to the UK as a tourist in July and a Romanian gave her a loan of £ 1,000 as an advance on the salary he would receive when he accepted a job in the construction industry. .
But the job didn’t materialize, and he was taken home and assigned to tend the plants to pay off the debt.
Defending Derek Johashen said: “He came to this country mainly as a tourist, and while he was here he met a Romanian who told him he could apply for a work permit to work. here and send money to his family.
‘He applied for a work permit but was unsuccessful but before it was refused this man had loaned him £ 1,000 to send to his family. He has a wife and two children, and all three have health problems.
Mr Johashen said Shera was then taken home to tend the cannabis plants, adding: “He fully accepts his responsibility, but he saw no other way to get out of debt.”
Imprisoning Shera, Judge Peter Cooke told her, “I accept your case as one where you had a lesser role, but it was a lesser role on a large commercial cannabis farm.
“Although I accept that everything was in place some time before your recruitment, this business was relatively sophisticated, there was a high volume of plant material in cultivation and there were rolling crops.
“You were doing what you were doing with the expectation of a financial reward. For you, the £ 1,000 offer was enough to give you the temptation.
“Without a doubt, there was an element of you being exploited, but it was a smoother, less coercive way of what the court often sees, and you had the keys to the premises which gave you free movement.”
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