Sophisticated drugs factory leads to jail

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JAIL sentences have been handed to people involved in money laundering and running what police describe as a ‘sophisticated’ drugs factory in Thetford.

More than 750 cannabis plants which experts say could have produced more than 70 kilograms of ‘skunk’ cannabis worth more than £400,000, was discovered during a raid of factory units in Roman Way.

The defendants used the cash to pay for holidays, new cars and large houses, investigators found.

Phillip Hargreaves, 31, of, Eaton Socon, Cambs, was jailed for three years for conspiracy to produce cannabis, money laundering £36,830 and abstracting £59,649.84 of electricity while Neil Hargreaves, 32, of Eynesbury, Cambs, received a 30 month sentence for conspiracy to produce cannabis, money laundering of £11,630 and abstracting electricity.

Malcolm Campbell, 50, of Woodford Green, Essex, was jailed for three and a half years after admitting two counts of money laundering totalling £29,640, conspiracy to produce cannabis and abstracting electricity.

Suzanne Hargreaves, 30, of Eaton Socon, was found guilty of money laundering £14,332 and was given a one year prison sentence, suspended for two years, and ordered to do 200 hours of unpaid work.

Helen Hargreaves, 56, of Eaton Socon, who found guilty of money laundering £42,400 was was jailed for 15 months.