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Ipswich: Cannabis factory worker jailed

16:00 14 April 2014

Cannabis plants - library photo

Cannabis plants - library photo

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Police officers who went to a house after receiving reports of a burglary discovered a cannabis factory, a court has heard.

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A total of 121 cannabis plants with a potential street value of £54,500 were found at the property in Oxford Road, Ipswich, in October, Ipswich Crown Court was told.

Lori Tucker, prosecuting, said that every room in the rented house was being used to grow plants and described the operation as “large scale”. She said officers saw two men in the area and arrested 24-year-old Ardian Daci after a chase. Daci, an illegal immigrant, admitted being concerned in the production of cannabis and was jailed for 30 months.

After his arrest Daci told police he had arrived in the UK in a refrigerated lorry two years ago.

He had a £6,500 debt which was money he had borrowed to get into the UK and he had been offered £4,000 to look after the cannabis plants at the house in Oxford Road.

Miss Tucker told the court the cannabis plants had a potential wholesale value of £10,000-£15,000 and a potential street value of £54,500.

Roger Thomson, for Daci, said after arriving in this country as an illegal immigrant he had been unable to claim benefits or get work.

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7 comments

  • Angry commuter.. How about we finally after years and years give tough deterrent sentences and give strong message through deportation, this behaviour will not be tolerated. Then you can say it isnt working, but a sentence that translates eventually to very little with all the reductions is not a strong message now is it.

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    waspie

    Wednesday, April 16, 2014

  • It seems to be a weekly occurrence on this site that another house has been found or another immigrant is going to jail after being enslaved to produce the stuff. Surely there would be far less misery if we just decriminalised the use and taxed it’s sale. Other countries are doing it and the model has worked well in the Netherlands for many years, prohibition has failed it’s time try something else.

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    Angry Commuter

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

  • Such small sentences do not deter others,should be minimum 10 years.Also where is the deportation order?

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    tonyb

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

  • He couldn't get work because he is an illegal immigrant and should not be here, that's why. When are we going to start deporting these people. What will happen after let's see 10 months served. What a paltry sentence anyway.

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    waspie

    Monday, April 14, 2014

  • By setting foot in the country illegally he revealed his criminal nature. Nothing to debate....DEPORT!

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    Supernova6

    Monday, April 14, 2014

  • Presumably if he hasnt got a cat he will be deported after serving his sentence?

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    Sarky Sage

    Monday, April 14, 2014

  • So the law rewards by offering a punishment of a lifestyle possibly the best he has enjoyed since illegally entering the country thereby causing further expense to taxpayers. An airplane ticket back to where he came from should be the only additional cost we bear. This isn't justice and as taxpayers we all just became victims.

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    dale craven

    Monday, April 14, 2014

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