Teenage man jailed following discovery of a cannabis factory
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A 19-year-old man has been sentenced to 10 months’ detention at a young offender institution after pleading guilty to the production of a Class B drug in Wellingborough.
Reno Zotaj was arrested at a house in Ashfield Road, Wellingborough, after officers from the town’s Neighbourhood Policing Team executed a warrant under Section 23 of the Misuse of Drugs Act on Wednesday, October 25.
During the search of the three-bedroom property, officers recovered a total of 103 cannabis plants at various stages of growth along with associated equipment required to produce the Class B drug.
Zotaj, who was the sole occupant of the house at the time of the search, was subsequently charged with the production of a controlled Class B drug – namely cannabis – and appeared at Northampton Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, October 26.
He pleaded guilty to the single charge and his case was committed to the Northampton Crown Court for sentencing. On Tuesday, December 12, he was sentenced to 10 months’ detention, and ordered to pay £187 victim surcharge.
PC Lewis Desborough of the Wellingborough Neighbourhood Policing Team, who led the investigation, said: “This warrant was executed as a direct result of community intelligence, and I would like to thank the members of public who raised their concerns as this led to the discovery of this cannabis factory.
“People may think that the production of cannabis is a victimless crime, but what they don’t realise is those at the top of the chain make very large sums of money from producing and distributing the drug, while often exploiting vulnerable people at the same time.
“Tackling and preventing drug harm is a matter of priority for the Force and we will continue to act on the concerns of our communities to disrupt drug dealers, who prey on the most vulnerable people in our society and bring misery to others.
“This is a prime example of how we can work together with our partners and residents to take positive action against issues affecting them and I would urge anyone who has concerns about drug dealing within their local communities to keep reporting suspicious activity to us.”
If anyone has concerns about drug dealing or any other illegal activities, please report it to us on 101, online at www.northants.police.uk/ro or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.