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Birchanger cannabis factory: Adriatik Shima jailed for 15 months for producing drug



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A cannabis factory in Birchanger was uncovered when police noticed a man leaving a house with its curtains still drawn at 11 o'clock in the morning, a court heard.

PCSOs Mike O’Donnell Smith and Andrew Wallis were patrolling Harrisons on Friday May 17 when they noticed Adriatik Shima leaving his address with the curtains closed.

Suspecting that the house was being used to cultivate cannabis, they looked inside and saw a man running to the back of the property. It was Shima, who ran into the garden, where the duo detained him until officers arrived to assist the PCSOs.

Cannabis plants found at an address in Harrisons in Birchanger (15851296)
Cannabis plants found at an address in Harrisons in Birchanger (15851296)

A search of the house revealed 149 cannabis plants in six rooms along with herbal cannabis in a vacuum-packed bag.

At Chelmsford Crown Court on Thursday August 22, 44-year-old Shima, of no fixed address, was jailed for 15 months for producing the class B drug and was given a concurrent 28-day sentence for acquiring criminal property. He was also ordered to pay a £150 victim surcharge. He admitted the offences.

Inspector Colin Cox, of Uttlesford's community policing team, said: “Following concerns raised by residents regarding suspicious activity at an address, Mike and Andrew conducted high-visibility patrols in the area.

“They saw a man inside the property who then tried to flee out of the back. They both leapt into action and detained Shima and immediately called for assistance.

“Local CPT officers attended and discovered the cultivation set-up. The team and myself then spent 10 hours dismantling it and seizing exhibits.

“Throughout the process, local residents were extremely supportive, providing much-needed refreshments to officers."

Insp Cox added: “This incident highlights again the positive contribution that local residents can have in their community by reporting their concerns and any suspicious activity, which will then be developed by the local community policing team to achieve a positive outcome.”



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