Candle fire at cannabis factory ends in jail for Felixstowe man

Man jailed over cannabis factories

Man jailed over cannabis factories - Credit: Archant

A Suffolk man has been jailed for more than four years for being involved in cannabis factories in Hampshire.

Adam Chulk, who has been jailed for producting cannabis

Adam Chulk, who has been jailed for producting cannabis - Credit: Archant

Adam Chulk, of Falkenham Road, Kirton, near Felixstowe, was sentenced to a total of 52 months’ imprisonment by Southampton Crown Court.

The 35-year-old had admitted one offence of production of cannabis. He was also found guilty after a trial of a second production of cannabis charge.

The offences occurred between October 1, 2010, and October 31, 2014.

Chalk was sentenced to 12 months in jail for the offence he pleaded guilty to and received a further 40 months for the charge he was convicted of.

The case involved properties in the Southampton area.

The first cannabis factory was discovered after a fire at one of the premises.

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The blaze broke out when a lit candle was left unattended.

Firefighters called police who found a professional cannabis growing operation in the loft area where they discovered 75 plants.

The electricity supply had been bypassed.

Chulk made himself known to the authorities when he returned to the scene and was arrested.

Subsequent enquiries led to the discovery of another cannabis factory.