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.
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.