The sound of electric fans drives cops to the massive Lanarkshire cannabis factory
A mechanic turned ‘gardener’ has been jailed after being caught tending to a £ 400,000 cannabis factory in Craigneuk.
Police discovered 680 factories when the sound of electric fans was heard inside an apartment on Flaxmill Avenue.
Blendi Myftaraj, 26, was sentenced to 30 months by Hamilton Sheriff Court on Friday.
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He admitted to producing cannabis on November 2.
Prosecutor Mairi-Clare McMillan said police attended the address after an information was reported.
She told the court: “There was no response when they knocked, but they could hear what sounded like fans operating inside and decided to ask for a search warrant.
“While they were waiting outside, the defendants reported to the front door at 12:15 pm.
“He saw the police and there was a short chase before he was arrested.
“He said there were 600 factories and he just maintained them.”
Defense lawyer Wendy Hay said Myftaraj, who is Albanian, had worked as a mechanic in Italy.
He and his wife moved to London last year for “a better life” and he had a job in construction.
He was then offered a job in Scotland, but at that point he didn’t know what that involved.
The lawyer added: “He made the wrong choice but felt his options were limited.
“He was afraid of the people involved.
“He has no previous convictions and is ashamed to have that conviction now.”
In delivering his sentence, Sheriff Alasdair MacFayen told Myftaraj: “The production of controlled drugs is an important link in the supply chain.
“You were a gardener and that’s an important role.
“You are a mature person and must take responsibility for your actions.”
The 30-month period has been backdated because Myftaraj has been in detention since November.
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