Illegal immigrant who grew £250,000 worth of cannabis in Sheffield house to be deported to Albania

The cannabis that was grown in Hillsborough

The cannabis that was grown in Hillsborough

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An illegal immigrant who grew £250,000 worth of cannabis plants in Hillsborough is to be deported to Albania after serving a prison sentence.

Medin Isollari, aged 24, was sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court to 20 months in jail after pleading guilty to cultivating 330 plants in various stages of growth.

Isollari, who was found to be an illegal immigrant, will fac deportation to Albania after serving his sentence

The court heard that Isollari was found hiding in the rented, three-bedroom house at Holme Lane, Sheffield, when police arrived on Friday October 28

He claimed to have taken a job as an outdoor gardener but officers found 44 high-powered lights and fans that formed part of a sophisticated set-up.

Rooms and the loft space at the Hillsborough address were lined with plastic sheeting and the windows had been covered in an attempt to avoid detection.

PC Dermot Pakenham, part of the South Yorkshire Police team that brought Isollari to justice, said: “This man was running a professional, organised cannabis factory and was cultivating plants with a street value of £250,000.

“Rather than benefiting from any ill-gotten gain, it is rewarding to see that he is now facing a stint behind bars.”

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