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Wollaton: £350,000 worth of cannabis found in two police raids

Hundreds of cannabis plants were seized and destroyed following two raids by neighbourhood officers.

The City West Neighbourhood Policing team made the discoveries while executing the warrants in Wollaton.

A property in Plantation Road came to the attention of officers following reports it was being used to grow cannabis.

Supported by City West Operation Reacher officers, the team carried out the surprise raid at around 9.40am on 18 October.

The officers then searched the property and found cannabis gardener Fabian Kobatsi inside one of the rooms.

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Nearly 300 cannabis plants would go on to be discovered growing across multiple rooms, while the electricity was also found to have been bypassed.

A day earlier (17 October), the City West team also carried out a similar warrant in Wollaton – this time in Kennington Road.

Supported by response officers, the team put the door through to gain entry before rushing inside the house at around 8.15am.

A search was then quickly carried out of the property which led to the discovery of Elton Brecani inside one of the rooms housing the drugs.

Around 40 plants were found in total at various stages of growth across three rooms.

Again, the electricity had been bypassed and all the plants and growing equipment found inside the house were either seized or taken out of commission by officers.

Following the double discovery, Brecani, of no fixed address, went on to plead guilty to producing cannabis in Kennington Road.

The 37-year-old appeared at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court on 18 October, where he was sentenced to 24 weeks in prison suspended for 12 months and made to pay around £240 in costs.

A day later (19 October), Kobatsi, 18, of Plantation Road, Wollaton, appeared at the same court, where he admitted to cultivating cannabis at that address and was remanded in custody.

He is next due to appear at Nottingham Crown Court for sentencing on 9 November.

Sergeant Jordan Hinds, of Nottinghamshire Police’s City West Neighbourhood Policing team, said:

“Neither us as a policing team or our residents want to see drug activity operating within our communities.

“Cannabis grows, like the two shut down in these instances, are a blight on society and bring nothing but trouble to everyone they touch across the area.

“As well as providing a fire risk to surrounding properties because of the illegal electrical modifications used to power them, these grows also often have links to wider crime and the exploitation of vulnerable people.

“We clearly don’t want to see this in the communities we police, which is why so much effort goes into following up any intelligence we receive around potential drug activity to hopefully put a stop to operations like this.

“Thanks to this work, we have been able to shut down two cannabis grows and bring two people before the courts, where they’ve both owned up to what they’ve done, so this was a pleasing result for us.”

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