Hull man who lost his job during lockdown was caught running a cannabis factory

A man from Hull whose job dried up during the Covid-19 lockdown has been caught running a cannabis factory.

Police found a “sophisticated and substantial” cannabis plant comprising 206 plants that Kristjan Idrizi was looking after.

He worked for an “organized, professional and sophisticated crime group” and was trusted to keep his mouth shut, Hull Crown Court has learned.

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The seized money totaling £ 390 will go to benefit a Hull boxing charity under a new arrangement.

Idrizi, 19, of Grafton Street, Hull, admitted to possessing cannabis with the intention of supplying and producing cannabis on September 9.

Prosecutor Julia Baggs said police visited a house on Rustenburg Street in Hull and found 206 cannabis plants.

There were also 38 heat lamps, 37 transformers and 11 filters and fans. The electricity supply had been bypassed.

Police found a “sophisticated and substantial” cannabis plant comprising 206 plants that Kristjan Idrizi was looking after.

The living room served as a bedroom, with bedding on a sofa.

Idrizi was found in the living room and £ 390 in cash was in his wallet.

A dried cannabis carry bag was found under the stairs and there was also a dried cannabis handle bag, indicating a previous harvest.

Idrizi claimed he visited the house to clean up the garbage and turn on the lamps and had been there for about three days.

Richard Thompson, mitigating, said Idrizi was from Albania but had an Italian passport.

“He did not enter the country illegally to participate in this activity,” Thompson said.

“He had a brother who was already living in England and he came to this country hoping to find a job and at first he was successful.

“Largely because of the pandemic his job dried up and he was offered the opportunity to work that way and earn money and he grabbed it.

“He was just the kind of person who would be ideal to be recruited into this kind of job because he was young and naive and strapped for money.

“His involvement was limited. It was a sophisticated and substantial operation.”

It took place in domestic premises rather than on an industrial scale.

Idrizi apologized for getting involved in the business.

Judge David Tremberg told Idrizi: “You have been caught red-handed.”

Idrizi worked for an “organized, professional and sophisticated criminal group” to produce cannabis on a substantial commercial scale.

The house had been turned into a “cannabis farm” and the electricity had been bypassed.

“You clearly had some understanding of the scale of the operation and you were trusted to play your role and not disclose the ongoing criminal activity to authorities,” Judge Tremberg said.

“This offense is so serious that only an immediate custodial sentence is appropriate to punish you, mark the harm you have caused and risk causing and deter others.”

Idrizi was sent to a juvenile offender facility for a year.

The £ 390 in cash seized will be confiscated and turned over to the St Paul Boxing Academy Charity, Hull.

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