Man jailed after Swaffham cannabis factory is discovered

A man involved in the running of a 'sophisticated and organised' cannabis factory at a remote Norfolk farm which had the potential turnover of �203,000 , has been jailed for two years and nine months.

Police raided Cherry Tree Farm, Swaffham, and found more than 400 cannabis plants growing in a barn at the site, Norwich Crown Court heard.

Lori Tucker, prosecuting, said that Damyan Treloar 34, was arrested and claimed that he was not in overall charge but was looking after the day to day running of the cannabis factory for other people.

Mrs Tucker said that electricity was also being illegally abstracted to power the lighting and heating system for the plants.

She said there could have been three crops a year which would give a potential yield of �203,000.

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Treloar admitted producing cannabis and illegally abstracting electricity.

Katharine Moore, for Treloar, said that he had been involved for about a year in the operation and used to visit the barn where the crops were on a daily basis in return for living rent free and about �20 to �50 for food.

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She said he was out of work and had got into debt and that is how he had got involved.

'He was not in overall charge of what was going on.'

Jailing him, Judge Paul Downes: 'You were not in charge of this operation although it was a sophisticated and organised arrangement.'

He said that he accepted that Treloar was being directed by others who were involved.

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