Four men jailed after discovery of one of Suffolk's largest cannabis factories
Four men have been jailed following the discovery of one of Suffolk's largest cannabis factories.
They were sentenced at Ipswich Crown Court today to a combined total of more than nine years for the offence of being concerned in the production of cannabis.
The cannabis, discovered in Great Bricett, was estimated to have a value of about £1.8 million.
The men, Mindaugas Ivoskus, Egidijus Ivoskus, Karolis Gumauskas and Ovidijus Urbonas all admitted the offence and were charged on Monday, October 21 2019.
Police made the discovery on Friday, October 18 after a warrant was carried out at a business park in The Street.
More than 2,500 cannabis plants were found within a number of buildings – estimated to have a value of about £1.8 million.
Officers also discovered extensive hydroponics equipment and associated electrical paraphernalia.
A 65-year-old man, who was also arrested in connection with the incident, was initially released on police bail but has subsequently been released under investigation pending further enquiries.
Mindaugas Ivoskus, 27, of no fixed address, was jailed for 42 months; Egidijus Ivoskus, 42, of no fixed address for 24 months; Gumauskas, 26, of no fixed address for 24 months and Urbonas, 41, of King's Cross Road, London for 20 months.
Detective Inspector Mark Pollikett said: "This was one of the largest cannabis factory finds in Suffolk in recent years and the overall yield from the plants from within the buildings would have been substantial.
"We continually work to disrupt such illegal factories because of the harm they cause and the associated criminal acts which go hand in hand with the running of these illegal operations.
"The combined sentence handed down today demonstrates that anyone involved in the supply of drugs will not be treated lightly by the courts and we will continue to work to ensure that Suffolk is a hostile place for this type of criminality.”
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