Two death row inmates for Norwich cannabis plant
A man has been caught with cannabis with a market value of over £ 68,000 leaving an urban two-bed apartment that had been turned into a small-scale drug factory, a court has heard.
Police raided an apartment in Magdalen Close and found Gjon Preka, 27, leaving the address with cannabis in nine vacuum-packed bags, Norwich Crown Court has learned.
David Ryan, prosecuting, said the drug’s market value was £ 68,542.
He said when police entered the apartment they found it had been turned into a small cannabis factory and found Dashamir Elezi, 39, at the scene.
Mr Ryan said the rooms were boarded up with white plastic sheets and the electricity was bypassed.
He said there were 220 cannabis plants in three growing areas.
Mr Ryan said some of the plants had been harvested.
He said there was only a small area with a sofa bed where Elezi lived and the rest was devoted to cannabis production.
He said Elezi said he was forced to work in the cannabis factory in the face of threats if he did not obey.
Preka claimed he only went to the address to pick up the drugs as instructed by others and was not involved in any production.
Mr Ryan said both men were previously of good character.
Preka admitted possession with the intention of supplying cannabis and was jailed for 14 weeks and Eliza admitted producing cannabis and was jailed for eight months.
Both had the assistance of an Albanian interpreter for the hearing on a connection to Norwich Prison.
Juliet Donovan, for Eliza, said he was forced to work in the UK after owing £ 20,000 for a bankrupt business he started in Albania: “He came here to try to pay off the debt . “
She said he looked forward to being deported to Albania so he could be with his family.
Robert Cowley, on behalf of Peka, said he deserves credit for his guilty plea.
In condemning them, recorder Simon Taylor QC said it was a serious matter, but agreed that the two played a lesser role in the operation.
Recorder Taylor also ordered the destruction of drugs and equipment.