A professional drug processing plant planted over 2,000 marijuana worth £ 825,000 on a huge farm in Gateshead ’s Team Valley Trading Estate, which was looked after by three Albanian men who were illegally residing in the UK.
These cannabis plants are in different stages of growth. Ventilation and irrigation in the growing areas have been modified, but electricity is obtained illegally.
This place was seized by the police in February this year, and three Albanian men were also arrested on the spot, Fatlum Alija, Fatbardh Selimi and Agim Isufi.
The case was heard by Newcastle Crown Court, and also included the trial of the three people who were living in the UK illegally. The court received a confession from the three people, stating that they had hoped to work legally in the United Kingdom, but they were forced to do things for the gang in order to pay for smuggling.
The court said that this cracked cannabis cultivation caused gangsters to lose huge profits, which is conducive to combating drug crimes.
Judge Tim Gittins stated, “The profit to the criminals running this operation are likely to have been measured in tens if not hundreds of thousands of pounds.
“Had this operation reached a conclusion, huge quantities would have hit the streets of the North East of England.
“That would have had the result of people committing crime, either under the influence of that drug or to fund its purchase.
“You were stuck having to pay the costs of your illegal transportation when you realized it was not possible to work legally.”
In this case, three men were arrested on February 20, Alija, 27, Selimi, 42, and Isufi, 19. None of them had a fixed address. Alija and Selimi were sentenced to two years in prison, and Isufi was sent to the juvenile prison for 20 months.
The presiding judge Judge Tim Gittins said the border agency will decide whether to deport them after their sentence is over.
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