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Man admits producing cannabis after factory with £80,000 plants uncovered in East Cambridgeshire village

A 28-year-old man will be sentenced after a cannabis factory with 120 plants - with a street value of up to £80,000 - was uncovered in an East Cambridgeshire village.

Albert Dakaj, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to the production of cannabis and abstracting electricity without authority when he appeared before Huntingdon Magistrates' Court on September 7. He will be sentenced on October 5 at Cambridge Crown Court.

​​​​​​He will be sentenced at Cambridge Crown Court
​​​​​​He will be sentenced at Cambridge Crown Court

Officers from the East Cambridgeshire neighbourhood team uncovered the factory when they executed a warrant in North Street, Wicken.

Dakaj was arrested at the property and taken into custody at Parkside police station.

Sgt Mat Lupton-Pike, from the East Cambs neighbourhood policing team, said: “This warrant underscores our commitment to tackling drug-related crime in our community, reinforcing the message that illegal drug cultivation will not be tolerated in East Cambridgeshire.

“Drug trafficking remains a highly profitable endeavour for organised criminal groups, many of which are involved in various forms of serious criminal activities, including modern-day slavery.

“We urge residents to remain vigilant for signs of illegal cannabis factories, such as blacked out windows, unusual smells, and frequent visitors at irregular hours.”

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