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Cotgrave man returns from holiday to find police discovered his cannabis set-up

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A man came back from holiday with a bump when he discovered his flat had broken into – which led police to discover his mini cannabis farm.

Police were called to a report of a break-in in Bingham Road, Cotgrave.

Officers discovered a cannabis production set-up in the attic, with various equipment set up and running, and four bags of cannabis with an estimated total street value of up to £3,750.

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The occupant of the flat, 30-year-old Kash Brookes, was on holiday when his grow was discovered on 4 June 2018. He was voluntarily interviewed in relation to it on his return.

He went on to plead guilty to the production of cannabis.

His fingerprints were found on the packaging of the drugs.

Brookes was handed a 12-month prison sentence, suspended for 24 months, ordered to pay £750 costs and a £140 victim surcharge.

Inspector Craig Berry, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “Following a report of a burglary at the address officers found that the front door had been forced and an untidy search had been carried out.

“The flat was in the control of Brookes, with compelling evidence linking him to the cannabis.

“Throughout a number of different rooms within the address there was evidence of cannabis equipment and set-ups designed for growing cannabis and bags full of cannabis remnants, together with four freezer bags full of cannabis itself.

“The illegal production and supply of drugs will not be tolerated in our communities. “That’s why we are as committed as ever to taking drugs off our streets and pursuing those involved in their production and distribution.

“Drug crime can have a devastating impact on people’s lives and Nottinghamshire Police will continue to locate and prosecute those who seek to deal drugs, and ensure they are brought to justice.”

Cannabis is a Class B drug, the supply of which is punishable by up to 14 years in prison, an unlimited fine or both.

To find out more about the law and how Nottinghamshire Police is working with partners please visit: https://www.nottinghamshire.police.uk/cannabis

If you suspect anyone in your community is involved in the production of cannabis then please Nottinghamshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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