Man, 36, jailed after police discover cannabis factory

Peterborough Crown Court

Peterborough Crown Court - Credit: Archant

A man who was growing cannabis at a property in Longstanton has been jailed for more than two years.

Police received a call from the East of England Ambulance Service on March 4 saying a man had been stabbed in the arm at a property in Magdalene Close, Longstanton.

The victim, Elis Nikelkaj, was not willing to reveal what happened or who was involved but officers discovered a smashed window and noticed a strong smell of cannabis.

A subsequent search turned up more than 80 cannabis plants, later estimated to be worth between £23,000 and £70,000.

Nikelkaj, 36, of Elizabeth Way, in Cambridge, pleaded guilty to being concerned in the production of cannabis at Peterborough Crown Court on Monday (December 11) and was sentenced to two years and three months in jail.

Nobody has been charged with the stabbing that led to the cannabis factory being uncovered.

A second man, Ermir Kryeziu, 31, also admitted being concerned in the production of cannabis at the same hearing and, for a lesser role in the offence, was sentenced to six months in prison, suspended for 18 months, and 150 hours’ unpaid work.

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PC Katie Housham said: “We continue to seek to prosecute those involved in the production and supply of drugs in the county and I hope that this action from the courts serves as a deterrent.”