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Cultivation is the tending of plants, i.e. watering, feeding, nurturing etc.

Penalties available for cultivation of cannabis

A person can only be charged with cultivation or production, not both offences together.

Maximum: 14 years’ imprisonment and/or unlimited fine.

"It was a professional enterprise. The electricity was bypassed, there were hydroponics and ventilation fitted [and] balsamic vinegar was being used to mask the smell.

Kaja Reiff-Musgrove, prosecuting, said: "This was an industrial scale cannabis grow. The estimated yield is between 79 and 239 kilos.

Xhemal Derdi, 24, Ismail Elezi, 26, and Alfred Alla, 21, were each jailed for 39 months.

Passing sentence, Judge Catarina Sjolin Knight said: "The cannabis grow discovered by the police that day was industrial in scale.

Police arrested Derdi after entering the building in the Fishtoft Road area of the town and then found Alla hiding in the ventilation ducts. Elezi was found after officers later returned to the building.

Officers uncovered the farm on 26 March, describing it as "the largest scale cannabis grow the county has ever seen".

Nearly 3,000 plants were found at the unit after it was raided in March.

The court also heard the men, who had entered the country illegally from Albania, would face deportation when they were released.

The court also heard part of the building had been set aside as living quarters for the men involved with growing the plants.

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