Man jailed after cannabis farm raided as yet another one is shut down in our area


A man has been jailed after police found a ‘substantial cannabis grow’ in the latest raid in our area. Police say the plants were ‘only a week away from being prepared for dealing.’

Ermir Malkaj pleaded guilty to being concerned in the production of a Class B drug on Tuesday (May 3). He was sentenced to 18 months in prison.

Officers executed a drugs warrant and swooped on the premises on Plymouth Place in Leamington Spa shortly after 9am on Wednesday, March 9. Cops discovered a cannabis grow containing over 100 plants.

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Malkaj was arrested at the premises and later charged and remanded. Police say ‘many of the plants were close to maturity’ and would have been only a week or so away from being prepared for dealing.

PC Lake from Leamington Spa Safer Neighbourhood Team said “This is the latest in a string of good results and I’m pleased to see Mr Malkaj taken off the streets for a considerable length of time. I often hear people say that no harm comes from drugs such as cannabis. However, experience tells me different.

“It would be naive to think that people that produce cannabis on this sort of scale are only involved in dealing cannabis, so I am happy to disrupt this operation in any way that I can.”

The raid is the latest in a series this year at cannabis farms in our area. Earlier this week, officers discovered 150 cannabis plants in a home in Kenilworth after a tip-off. The raid was in Cornhill Grove on Thursday (May 5).

Late last month, police unearthed a significant cannabis grow at an address in Coventry. Officers descended on the property on Tuesday (April 26).

They discovered about 130 plants. The street value would be around £130,000.

In another incident within recent weeks, West Midlands Fire Service ‘discovered cannabis being grown’ in one of the flats in Nauls Mill House after a large blaze in the tower block. However, they said it was not the flat where the fire started.

And in mid-April, fire crews said they had to put their lives on the line to tackle a fire at a Coventry home where a ‘large scale’ cannabis farm was in operation. Crews were scrambled after reports of smoke coming out of the roof of a property in Mount Nod Way, Mount Nod.

“It quickly became evident that the property was being used for large-scale illegal cannabis production and bypassed electrics are the most likely cause of the fire,” Paul Bradley, Canley crew manager said.



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