Duo jailed for huge cannabis farm worth over £100,000
PUBLISHED: 13:49 17 February 2017 | UPDATED: 13:52 17 February 2017
The pair were also found to have tampered with the electricity meter so they could pay a lower bill
Two men who were found to be growing over £100,000 worth of cannabis in an abandoned Edenbridge warehouse have been jailed for 11 years.
David Dolor (top) and Eran Phillip (bottom) produced the Class B drug in a vacant property on the Warsop Industrial Estate, in Hever Road, between October 2013 and February 2016.
Officers were alerted to the offender’s illegal activity after a man working for a property management company entered the building on 24 February 2016. He noticed a strong smell of cannabis coming from upstairs rooms and immediately contacted Kent Police.
Upon arrival officers contacted the owners of the building and gained permission to enter three locked rooms. Once inside, a sophisticated production of cannabis plants was uncovered. The plants inside are estimated to have a street value of up to £103,320.
An electrical engineer also attended the property and found that the electricity meter had been tampered with so that energy could be abstracted without payment.
Records showed that the two offenders had rented the rooms since October 1 2013 and forensic analysis of a cigarette butt at the scene provided a match for Dolor.
They both denied producing cannabis and abstracting electricity but were found guilty following a trial. They were sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court on Thursday, February 16 2017.
Dolor, 38 and of Gonville Road in Thornton Heath, Surrey, was sentenced to six years imprisonment.
Phillip, 37 and of Long Close in Crawley, West Sussex, was sentenced to five years imprisonment.
Police Constable Scott Morgan, the investigating officer, said: “This was a sophisticated operation to supply cannabis and we estimate that had the plants not been uncovered, they would have had a street value of up to £103,320.
“That is a significant amount of cannabis we have managed to take off the street and I welcome the sentence imposed by the judge.”