Police found cannabis farm worth over £130,000 at house in Headingley

Police officers found 270 cannabis plants worth more than £130,000 when they forced their way into a house in Headingley.

Sunday, 25th April 2021, 4:45 pm

The officers made the discovery after executing a search warrant at the property on Granby Grove on March 10 this year.

Leeds Crown Court heard the plants were found growing in five rooms of the terraced house.

The rooms were covered in plastic sheeting and ventilation ducts had been installed.

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Granby Grove, Headingley.

A pulley system had also been put in place upon which lights were fitted.

The electricity supply to the property had also been bypassed.

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Officers arrested 37-year-old Alesio Asccani at the address.

When interviewed, the Albanian national said he had entered the UK illegally three weeks earlier using false documents.

Asccani said he left his home country for financial reasons.

The defendant said he met two Romanian men when he arrived in the UK and they took him to the property in Headingley.

Asccani said he agreed to look after the plants in exchange for £8,000 of the profits when the drug was sold.

He told officers he had committed the offending of his own free will and was not acting under duress.

He pleaded guilty to producing cannabis.

Stuart Field, mitigating, said Asccani pleaded guilty at the first opportunity and has no previous convictions.

Mr Field told the court: "He was left with the problem of supporting himself and paying off the debt to those who facilitated his arrival here."

Asccani was jailed for 14 months.

Judge Mushtaq Khokhar said: "I hope after you have served that sentence the authorities will take the appropriate steps of deporting you back to Albania."