Two brothers from Bradford have been jailed for a total of 11 years after they admitted producing up to £3.5million of cannabis, in what has been described as the ‘largest cannabis grow ever found in Nottingham’
Mohammed Anwar, 33, and Mohammed Imran, 38, of St George’s Rise, Bradford, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to produce cannabis between June 1 and August 6 last year, when they appeared at Nottingham Crown Court.
Officers discovered more 4,049 cannabis plants with a street value of between £1m and £3.5m inside Palmerston House in Mount Street, New Basford, Nottinghamshire, in August last year.
Seven Vietnamese men were found to be tending to the crops inside the former paper mill.
Entrances to the building had been bricked up and the fire escape stairs cut off to prevent them leaving and the only access was via a service lift that the gang controlled.
The brothers were only caught after the landowner decided to carry out safety checks on the premises after the Grenfell Tower tragedy.
During the trial, QC Gregory Dickinson said: “This cannabis would be sold in the city, in this county and beyond.
“Barely a week goes by where this court and others deal with the effects of the use of cannabis, barely a week where I read a report of some young defendant who suffers from anxiety, depression, insomnia or paranoia because of psychotic substances.
Detective Inspector Gareth Harding, of Nottinghamshire Police , said: ‘It was an industrial scale operation that would have yielded an incredible amount of drugs that would have been sold on the streets of Nottinghamshire and elsewhere. It is the largest cannabis grow ever found in Nottingham.
‘The investigation team worked incredibly hard to secure the convictions. I hope this serves as a warning to other criminal gangs that think Nottingham is a place that they would like to set up operations.’