South Yorkshire pair jailed for setting up cannabis factory

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Two South Yorkshire men have been jailed for helping set up a cannabis factory containing drugs with an estimated street value of £200,000.

When police raided a home in Rotherham their inquiries led them to an industrial unit where the huge operation was uncovered.

Timothy Capstick, prosecuting at Sheffield Crown Court, said officers raided a house on Sandringham Avenue, Whiston, Rotherham, after a tip off.

Shazed Aslam, aged 36, blocked their way into the home but they got in and found Shazad Ibrar, 25, David West, 37, and Neil Roadhouse, 47, sitting around blue plastic sheeting on the floor with bits of cannabis plants in buckets.

Ibrar fled but the others were arrested and scales and cannabis seized.

Mr Capstick said fingerprints linked the men to the property and Ibrar in Sheffield two days later.

The court heard during a search of his house officers found a rental agreement for an industrial unit at Mill Street East, Dewsbury.

When officers raided the unit, they found a ‘professional’ cannabis production set-up with the electricity by-passed and 120 cannabis plants.

The potential street value of the yield was up to £208,000.

West, of Launce Road, Parson Cross, Sheffield, admitted possessing cannabis with intent to supply and producing a Class B controlled drug and was jailed for three years.

Roadhouse, of The Maltings, New York, Rotherham, was jailed for six months after admitting possessing cannabis with intent to supply.

Aslam, of Broom Terrace, Broom, Rotherham, who admitted producing a Class B drug, was given a four-month jail term suspended for two years and ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work.

Ibrar, of Halifax, received a six-month jail term suspended for two years with 100 hours of unpaid work after admitting possessing cannabis with intent to supply.