This is the moment Nottinghamshire cops raid a bungalow in a sleepy suburb and discover it has been turned into a drug factory producing cannabis with a street value of around GBP 1 million.
Two men were jailed for over a year for running the “booming drugs factory” at the bungalow in the residential area of Mapperley in Nottingham.
The Nottinghamshire Police said in a statement on 21st November: “Two men who helped to turn a suburban bungalow into a booming drugs factory have been jailed.
“Cannabis with a street value of around £1m was seized when officers raided the property in Lucknow Drive, Mapperley, on 10 September this year.”
The police said: “Inside they found a large-scale cannabis grow, with more than 1,400 mature plants crammed into multiple rooms across the detached, secluded property”, adding: “The plants were taken away and destroyed, and an array of sophisticated growing equipment was put beyond use.”
Officers also seized an unspecified quantity of cash, CS Spray, and a telescopic baton.
The police said: “Jevgenij, Babkov, aged 24, and Noyus Kastenas, aged, 20 were both arrested at the scene.”
When the pair were quizzed by officers, they admitted to looking after the plants but claimed they were “employed by others to live and work at the address”.
They later pleaded guilty to charges of cannabis cultivation and were sentenced at Nottingham Crown Court on 12th November.
Babkov was jailed for one year and ten months, and Kastenas was imprisoned for one year and six months.
Nottinghamshire Police lead investigator PC Brian Dacunha said: “Acting on local intelligence we carried out a warrant at a large, detached bungalow.
“The building had been turned into a very large, sophisticated and profitable drugs factory, with mature cannabis plants in multiple rooms in the house.
“As is the case with most similar cannabis grows the electrics in the property had been bypassed and left in a very hazardous state.”
Inspector Karl Thomas, Nottinghamshire Police local area commander, said: “Clamping down on drug related crime is a top priority for the local policing team. I am aware, however, that some people are still of the view that this ‘is only a bit of weed’ and that we should be focussing on different issues.
“But in reality, these kind of large-scale grows are very often linked to ruthless organised criminal gangs from home and abroad whose members won’t think twice about using extreme acts of violence to protect their investment from other equally ruthless criminals.”