Lowestoft man to be sentenced after converting bungalow into ‘cannabis factory’

Library image of plants in a cannabis farm. Photo: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire.

Library image of plants in a cannabis farm. Photo: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire. - Credit: PA

A Lowestoft man accused of being involved in the production of cannabis found in a bungalow, which had been converted into a cannabis factory, has been convicted by a jury.

Following his arrest after a police raid at the three bedroomed property in Colville Road, Lowestoft, Frank Bene't said he and his wife were separated and he didn't live at the premises.

He claimed he had been living with his mother and friends but admitted going back to the bungalow to visit his son.

Ipswich Crown Court heard today (Monday) that police went to the bungalow in February last year after receiving a report from a member of the public about the strong smell of cannabis in the area.

Officers found 38 skunk cannabis plants which had been cut and left to dry in a bedroom which had been fitted out as a growing room.

Richard Kelly, prosecuting, alleged that those plants had a potential street value of £23,000 and a further 50 immature cannabis plants found in the loft had an estimated street value of £29,000.

'The police found a bungalow which to a significant extent had been converted into a cannabis factory,' said Mr Kelly.

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He said that in addition to the cannabis plants police found growing chemicals, grip seal bags and scales at the property.

Bene't, 55, of Colville Road, Lowestoft denied being concerned in the production of cannabis by another between November 2014 and February 2015 and possessing cannabis with intent to supply.

He was found guilty of both offences and will be sentenced in the New Year.

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