Peterborough man could earn up to ‘£8,000 every three months’ from cannabis factory

A Man living in Peterborough has been given a suspended sentence for running a cannabis factory in Bedford.

Monday, 22nd November 2021, 3:18 pm
Police found a 'fairly professional' cannabis set up.

Police raided the house in Bedford on 6 March last year and found three rooms had been converted in to growing areas.

26 plants producing 78 grams of cannabis in a harvest were seized. It would give a return of £8,000 every three months, Luton Crown Court was told today/Monday.

Zichfridas Surkus, 57, of Silver Road, Peterborough appeared for sentence having pleaded guilty to being concerned in the cultivation of cannabis. He had no previous convictions.

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Defending, Robert English said the night-shift worker came to the UK in 2009.

He said Surkus had become a cannabis user because he was in pain from an injury and was finding it difficult to sleep.

Mr English said the cannabis factory was not a fully commercial set up, saying that the electricity had not been bypassed.

Judge Rebecca Herbert said the police had found a fairly professional cannabis factory.

She told him: “Your utility bills indicate it had been going on for over a year. The messages on your phone show you were involved in the supply of cannabis. It is clear to me you were making a significant amount of money in this operation.”

She passed a 16 month jail sentence suspended for 18 months. He must attend 15 rehabilitation days, carry out 200 hours’ unpaid work and pay £300 costs.

The drugs, plants and cannabis growing paraphernalia are to be forfeited and destroyed.