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Ipswich: Henley Road drug factory duo plead guilty to producing cannabis plants worth an estimated £1million

17:32 25 February 2014

A police cordon at the property in Henley Road, Ipswich, where 1,500 cannabis plants were found

A police cordon at the property in Henley Road, Ipswich, where 1,500 cannabis plants were found

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Two illegal immigrants have admitted being involved in a huge cannabis factory in an upmarket property in Ipswich.

A picture of the cannabis growing inside the house in Henley Road, IpswichA picture of the cannabis growing inside the house in Henley Road, Ipswich

Thirteen rooms of the large detached house in Henley Road had an estimated 1,500 plants growing in them with an estimated value of £1million.

Before Ipswich Crown Court yesterday were Blerim Mema, 21 and Graci Fekolari, 29, both of Henley Road, who both admitted producing cannabis on February 14.

Juliet Donovan, prosecuting, told the court that when officers entered the property they found the defendants hiding among the cannabis plants.

She said the men, who were illegal immigrants, had been involved in maintaing and cultivating the crop of plants and had been paid £200 a month.

Judge John Devaux adjourned sentencing until next month.

When police carried out a warrant at the prperty they found every room packed with plants. Officers spent a weekend gathering evidence and removing the plants and equipment from the property.

Following the discovery of the factory, Inspector Sarsfield Donohue said: “This was a very significant cannabis factory. It is certainly one of the largest factories discovered in the county and we’re pleased that it has now been shut down.

“If anyone suspects that a property near them is being used to cultivate cannabis then please contact police immediately on 101.”

Police are reminding people of the possible signs of a cannabis factory in their area: lighting and ventilation equipment; covered up or blocked up windows; comings and goings to a property at all hours; strong lighting day and night; high levels of heat and condensation i.e. windows constantly misted up; the constant buzz of ventilation; the strong sickly smell given off by cannabis plant; lots of power cables that could possibly link up to lamp posts so that they don’t have to pay for the large amounts of electricity they use.

If you suspect there is one near you please phone us on 101 or alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

5 comments

  • What now..... I guess your lack of intelligence has held you back in life !!!! I doubt they turned up on the doorstep saying they were illegals - think you are missing the bigger picture

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    DirtyleedsHawks

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

  • it reads like the show [LOOKING THROUGH THE KEYHOLE]

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    TERENCE MANNING

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

  • Is this it from the police? And what about the house owner? Not like she wasn't involved. Who'd let two illegals live in a big house like this? I'd say the bloke living in Monaco should be called in for questioning. Pathetic police.

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    What now...

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

  • Lets hope the judge is strong enough to give them 10 years each and deport them afterwards.

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    tonyb

    Wednesday, February 26, 2014

  • So who owns the property? How many more illegals are there? Is this part of a wider network.. Gangmasters involved? Are they claiming benefit. Will they get a proper sentence?

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    waspie

    Wednesday, February 26, 2014

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