Man jailed over cannabis factory

A man convicted of involvement in a £100,000 cannabis factory has been jailed for six years. Andrew Thompson (47) was found guilty by a jury of possession with intent to supply the class B drug and cultivating it at a three-storey property he owned, between January and March, 2009. He denied the charges, claiming he had no knowledge of 350 illegal plants in a top-floor flat in Lansdowne Road, off Aylestone Road, Leicester. Thompson, of Aylestone Road, claimed the flat was rented out and that he was unable to gain entry. However, he told police he was “concerned” when he received an electricity bill for £5,000. His wife, Ksenia Thompson (37), also of Aylestone Road, denied the same charges and was acquitted by the jury. Two Leicester men, Tony Watson (41), of Winchester Drive, and Gary Williams (41), of New Field Avenue, were also accused of cultivating cannabis. Both were found not guilty of the allegation. Mr Watson told police he worked on the first floor of the property soldering items for Andrew Thompson, and had not noticed a strong smell of cannabis. Mr Williams said the first he knew of what was going on was when he saw police vehicles outside the premises. Richard Thatcher, prosecuting, said police found 350 cannabis bushes in various stages of growth, with a potential street value of £100,000. Pc Gary Moore said equipment, such as lighting, heaters and plant food, were found.

via : This is Leicestershire

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