Drug duo lose bid for early release from jail

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TWO South Yorkshire men jailed for their roles in a sophisticated cannabis farm on an industrial estate have lost appeals against their sentences.

Timothy James Ladlow and Ian Townsend were jailed after police raided a unit and found a high-tech skunk cannabis growing operation.

Ladlow, aged 29, of Hackings Avenue, Penistone, got four years for conspiracy to produce the drug and trying to produce it, while Townsend, of Gawber Road, Old Town, Barnsley, was sentenced to three years and eights months for the conspiracy.

The had their appeals against the length of their sentences turned down at London’s Court of Appeal.

Lord Justice Davis, sitting with Mr Justice Griffith Williams and Mr Justice Lindblom, said the unit had been sub-divided into two rooms for drug production.

It included multiple electrical sockets in each room, high-powered growing lights, electric heaters, dehumidifiers and an irrigation system.

Ladlow was said to have been the electrician and plumber in the group, setting up the equipment needed for the sophisticated operation, and Townsend was the organiser of those caught by police.

Lord Justice Davis said: “Considerable expense, time and effort had gone into the construction of the growing rooms.”

He described the sentences as ‘entirely appropriate’ after pointing out that police found 100 plants growing in one room in the unit on the Kinsley Industrial Estate, Pontefract, and 50 in another, with an estimated potential yield worth £60,000.