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COURT IN THE ACT 

Crook ran £1million cannabis factory in disused magistrates court next to police station

  • 23:42, 17 Sep 2022

A CROOK ran a cannabis factory in a disused magistrates court next to a police station.

Ilidion Brahaj, 20, slept rough in his HQ where he grew 1,000 plants to produce £1million of drugs.

1,000 cannabis plants were grown in a disused magistrates court to produce £1million of drugs
1,000 cannabis plants were grown in a disused magistrates court to produce £1million of drugs

Officers received a tip-off and found the farm on the ground floor.

Brahaj had a makeshift living area inside.

His phones were seized and the drugs will be destroyed following November’s raid in Runcorn, Cheshire.

The court shut in 2016 under a government plan to save money on underused buildings. It was on the market until last year as a retail premises.

Brahaj, of no fixed address, admitted producing cannabis and got two years in a young offenders’ institution.

Cheshire Constabulary’s PC Simon Gibson said: “Thanks to information from the community we seized a significant quantity of cannabis.

“Crime groups often recruit and exploit vulnerable people, who can then be subjected to poor treatment and living conditions.

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