Human trafficking victims safeguarded as illegal cannabis farms shut down
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A joint operation between Northamptonshire Police and London’s Metropolitan Police has seen three people safeguarded and four cannabis grows destroyed.
During late May and early June, the Force has been working with the Met to help people who have been illegally trafficked into the UK and forced to work on illegal cannabis farms within Northamptonshire.
As a result of this drug enforcement work, eight warrants were carried out across Wellingborough, leading to three people being safeguarded, one man being arrested and charged with immigration offences by the Met, and another Wellingborough man charged with a drug production offence.
Four separate cannabis grows were also identified in Ferrestone Road, Mill Road, Gordon Road, and Shelley Road with more than 200 plants seized and destroyed along with associated growing equipment.
Detective Inspector Stuart Hitchon, of the Force’s Intelligence Command, said: “This has been a significant investigation with our colleagues in the Met which has disrupted a group of organised criminals who have been exploiting vulnerable people for their criminal enterprise.
“Northamptonshire Police does not tolerate such exploitation and will stop at nothing to bring those involved in human trafficking, modern slavery and illegal drug production to justice.”
Hekuran Margjoka, aged 23, of no fixed address, Wellingborough, was charged with one count of producing a controlled drug of class B (cannabis) and appeared at Northampton Magistrates’ Court on May 28, where he was remanded in custody ahead of his trial at Northampton Crown Court on July 9.