Prison for illegal immigrant who farmed cannabis in Deeping St James
Police discovered cannabis plants capable of producing almost £500,000 worth of the drug when they raided a farm outbuilding, Lincoln Crown Court was told today (Wednesday).
Officers went to Stowgate Farm at Deeping St James on the morning of July 12 this year after obtaining a warrant to search the premises.
David Lee, prosecuting, said the cannabis was found growing in an outbuilding which had been rented out via an agent.
Inside the officers discovered Alban Egra hiding in one of the rooms.
Mr Lee said: "Two of the rooms had mature cannabis plants growing and another was used as a nursery. The fourth room had a bed, food and equipment inside which was where the defendant was living.
"There were 560 plants. They could have produced £470,000 worth of cannabis when mature.
"This grow was professionally set up by other people. The defendant was here illegally. He has arrived in this country without any record of entry."
Ebra was arrested but gave a no comment interview. Later he revealed that he had paid money to be imported into the UK illegally and he was tending the plants.
Ebra (29), of no fixed address, admitted producing cannabis between March 1 and July 13 this year. He was jailed for six months.
Judge John Pini QC told him: "This was a sophisticated commercial cannabis grow. It was clearly set up by others. The possible yield was £470,000 worth of cannabis."
Michael Cranmer-Brown, in mitigation, said Ebra's role was as a gardener looking after the plants and urged that he should be given credit for his guilty plea.