Two sentenced and deported over Blackpool £950,000 cannabis farm

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Two Albanian nationals have been sentenced and will be deported to Albania, Blackpool Police have confirmed

 

"Heavily fortified" cannabis farm uncovered on Coronation Street, Blackpool
“Heavily fortified” cannabis farm uncovered on Coronation Street, Blackpool (Image: Lancashire Police)

Two Albanian nationals have been sentenced and will be deported to their home country after police raided a cannabis plant worth almost £1million.

The cannabis farm with plants worth £950,000 had been uncovered by Lancashire Constabulary on September 13 after Blackpool Central Neighbourhood team, Blackpool Neighbourhood Taskforce and Blackpool Council executed a drugs warrant in Coronation Street, Blackpool, based on the community information.

At the time, two Albanian nationals were arrested for the production of cannabis and immigration offences. They have now been sentenced at Preston Crown Court.

The premises has been placed under a prohibition order by Blackpool Council.

Electricity North West were in attendance as the premises had been connected illegally to the mains electric supply on Hull Road, Blackpool.

This resulted in the mains electric being disconnected for one side of Hull Road in order to fix it. Around 950 plants were removed from the premises in total.

Frrok Zefi, 42, and Aldi Gjetani, 27, both of no fixed address, have now been sentenced to two years for the production of cannabis. They have both have received a Section 32 UK Borders Act notice, meaning they will be automatically deported to Albania.

Blackpool Police tweeted: “Good news. Frrok ZEFI and Aldi GJETANI have now been sentenced at Preston Crown Court on 20/10/21 for two years for production of Cannabis and a Section 32 UK Borders Act notice (automatic deportation to Albania).”