Bedworth cultivator who grows cannabis “forest” paid off the British “entry fee”

As cops stepped into a semi-detached house in Bedworth through an open window, they found that it had been converted into a cannabis factory with plants in each room.

And when they arrested the occupier, Ervis Gjoka, he said he had been told that tending the harvest until harvest would pay off the £ 25,000 he owed the smugglers.

Gjoka, 28, with no permanent address but who lived in the house on Smorrall Lane, Bedworth, was jailed in Warwick Crown Court for 14 months after pleading guilty of growing cannabis.

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Prosecutor Raj Punia said on October 11, intelligence services led police to the semi-detached house on Smorrall Lane, where they gained entry through an open rear window.

In it they found Gjoka, who had a phone and a wallet with 280 pounds of cash and 35 euros.

The house was used as a cannabis factory, with plants in various stages of growth being discovered in different rooms, all of which were equipped with transformers and powerful grow lights.

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Some of the cannabis plants found in the Bedworth raid yesterday afternoon (October 11th)

One room on the first floor had up to 100 small plants, the next room had another 100 adult plants up to six feet high, and the third room on the first floor contained 50 plants.

Upstairs, cannabis grew in two more rooms – with 20 six-foot tall mature plants in one room and 30 slightly smaller ones in the other.

There were plastic bins with growing additives on the landing, and part of the driveway had been dug up and reappeared as cables had been run to bypass the meter.

Debt for smuggling into the UK

Gjoka said he recently came from London, he had been promised construction work, but the people who brought him would have threatened his family if he failed to repay the £ 25,000 he owed them to bring him to the UK bring to.

He said he had received money for groceries and was told that the debt would be paid when the crops were harvested.

Defense attorney Graeme Simpson said, “I agree that this was an elaborate and extensive operation, but as usual, the person behind the operation is not on trial.

“Who knows whether the debt would actually have been paid off. That is the promise that was made, but we will never know if it is a promise that will be kept. “

Recorder Ben Mills told Gjoka, “This property was used as a cannabis factory. It was a large, professional, and demanding operation.

“You did it under some pressure, but you did it with the expectation and hope that it would pay off the £ 25,000.”

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