Men jailed for growing cannabis at home in Dovercourt
Two men who said they grew cannabis with a street value of more than £ 1 million were arrested.
Police were made aware of the duo’s operation after residents reported a strong cannabis smell somewhere on Hill Road in Dovercourt.
They also claimed that there was an increase in anti-social behavior in the area.
Harwich Town Center Team officials, PC Steph Triscott and PC Neil Gibson, spoke to residents and businesses and tracked the smell to a house on the High Street.
They were given access to a nearby shop roof where they could see the house and the signs of cannabis cultivation.
The officers went down to the house and heard a back door unlock.
When the door opened, PC Triscott arrested the two men inside, Taulant Blloku and Florenc Prrenjasi, on suspicion of growing cannabis.
When they asked Prrenjasi what he was doing in the house, he replied, “Growing cannabis”.
A total of 500 cannabis plants were found that could have sold for an estimated 1.3 million pounds.
Blloku, 27, and Prrenjasi, 19, were charged with cannabis production following the discovery on June 26, 2020.
Prrenjasi of Woodbine Terrace in Annfield Plain, County Durham, and Blloku of Berkeley Avenue, Greenford, Middlesex admitted the crimes in court last year.
Blloku was jailed for three years and two months and Prrenjasi for two years and two months during a hearing in Chelmsford Crown Court on Thursday, March 25th.
Sergeant Aaron Heard of Harwich Community Policing Team said, “During the police interview, both Prrenjasi and Blloku described how their families were in debt and how they had taken on the job of growing cannabis for other people to make money to pay off those debts.
“They were also afraid of the people who were bothering them and what would happen to them or their families if they didn’t move on.
“Unfortunately, this is the reality behind drug trafficking. Criminals take advantage of vulnerable people and employ them to grow or sell drugs on their behalf. Once drawn into this criminal world, they then find it difficult to get out for fear of violence or what would happen to them if they tried to get out.
“That’s why the Essex Police force work every day to fight criminals involved in the drug supply and to protect those who abuse and exploit them.
“If you have information about drug trafficking in your community or if you fear that someone you know is being exploited, let us know so we can take appropriate action.”