Huge £ 1million cannabis factory that had its own CCTV system discovered inside Sikh temple abandoned by police
In six specially equipped rooms, police found 645 cultivated cannabis plants and it was estimated that the harvest could have been worth £ 1million.
But the illegal Albanian immigrant who worked as a “gardener” at the Brearton Street site avoided immediate jail time today (Tuesday) after Judge Colin Burn said there was no public interest in keep it in this country at the expense of UK taxpayers. .
Married, father of three, Fatjon Jaupas, 38, pleaded guilty to producing cannabis following his arrest in the old factory building on May 24 and today Judge Burn suspended his sentence of 24 months in prison for two years.
The judge explained that the two-year prison sentence inevitably meant that Jaupas would be deported to Albania, but he suspended the sentence saying: “I am further convinced that there is no public interest in this. that you are kept in this country at the expense of the British taxpayers “. fresh.”
Judge Burn said he expected Jaupas to be taken from jail to a migrant detention center and action to be taken “immediately” for him to be returned to Albania.
Bradford Crown Court learned of how police forced entry into the large building last month and found more than 200 factories as well as equipment including lights, electrical transformers and extraction units in two downstairs rooms of the road.
Prosecutor Deborah Smithies said the staircase to the upper floors was blocked and the only access was by a ladder.
Police found a “cutting and drying room” on the first floor as well as more than 150 plants in two other rooms.
She said a living room was found with “a freezer full of food” and that there was a CCTV system monitoring the entrance area to the premises.
On the upper floor, two more grow rooms held 290 additional plants and Jaupas was eventually found hidden in a small attic accessible by a ladder and a hatch in the ceiling.
After his arrest, Jaupas said he was working to pay off a debt, but made no comment during his interview with police.
Miss Smithies did not have specific information on the potential yield or value of the plants, but said she was unofficially told the value could be in the range of £ 1million.
Lawyer Rodney Ferm, for Jaupas, said there was no evidence his client was anything other than a “gardener” on the premises and that is why he was left there.
He said Jaupas came to the country illegally and worked in the “underground economy” at various construction sites and car washes.
“It was only a matter of time before he met the people who referred him to this operation,” Ferm said. “He has no future in this country and his wish now is to return to Albania.”