Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 10°C

min temp: 5°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Essex: Man jailed for role in Ardleigh cannabis factory with almost 3,000 plants

02 September, 2014 - 16:28
Anthony Davis, jailed in September 2014 for producing cannabis on his farm in Ardleigh

Anthony Davis, jailed in September 2014 for producing cannabis on his farm in Ardleigh

Archant

A man has been jailed after police discovered a cannabis factory at the farm where he lived.

shares
Cannabis factory found at Newbridge Farm, Ardleigh, in August 2014Cannabis factory found at Newbridge Farm, Ardleigh, in August 2014

Officers found the set-up at the Ardleigh home of Anthony Davis on August 8 while searching for a different man after they noticed a smell of cannabis.

Three barns at Newbridge Farm, in Fox Street, were used to cultivate the drug, including one used as a nursery for younger plants.

A total of 2,910 plants, including 891 younger plants, were found, as well as 27.7kilos of packaged ready-to-sell cannabis.

Essex Police arrested Davis, 48, when he returned to his bungalow on the farm later that evening.

Cannabis factory found at Newbridge Farm, Ardleigh, in August 2014Cannabis factory found at Newbridge Farm, Ardleigh, in August 2014

When stopped he had £1,120 on him in cash.

Chelmsford Crown Court heard today how the factory was a capable of producing significant amounts of cannabis for commercial use, with the operation bordering on industrial-scale.

Samantha Lowther, prosecuting, revealed Davis had been jailed for a year back in 2011 for cultivating 50 plants in Rainham, Essex.

She told the court how two plots in one of the barns had recently been harvested, and police believed this was what had made the vacuum-packed ready-to-sell cannabis packages.

A search of Davis’ bungalow revealed receipts detailing large cash payments into his bank account, Mrs Lowther added.

Elizabeth Bradshaw, mitigating, said: “He was aware his property was being used and had some role, but there was an amount of pressure put upon him in relation to that.

“The people who are truly in control of this type of production keep themselves well away from any paper trail. This was clearly a scenario where there were others involved.

“But he has concerns about helping investigators because of the safety of his family.”

Davis, an unemployed engineer, had no partner or children but was close to his sister, the court heard.

Miss Bradshaw also asked that credit be given for his early guilty plea.

Judge David Turner QC, sentencing, said: “AS you are aware the cour takes a serious view of people who cultivate cannabis. You know this because back in 2011 you were sentenced to a term of imprisonment for doing precisely this.

“Regrettably you seem to have chosen to return to cannabis production, this time on a very significant scale indeed.

“This was production on an extremely significant, commercial, well-organised scale.

“Miss Bradshaw says you came under some pressure, but the reality is you knew exactly what this involved and you allowed your premises to be used for this sophisticated operation.

“I suspect you and or other people up the chain were destined to make very significant profit indeed.”

The estimated value of the cannabis was not revealed in court.

Judge Turner sentenced Davis to three years and four months in prison, of which he must serve at least half. He also ordered the forfeiture and destruction of the plants and growing equipment.

The judge made no order for costs but did set a timetable for a Proceeds of Crime hearing, scheduled to take place early next year.

shares

2 comments

  • And yet we continue to allow the sale of tobacco. It makes you wonder what the law makers in this country are smoking.

    Report this comment

    Origami Penguin

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • This man did nothing wrong, the only crime is the local community isnt making any revenue from cannabis tax, instead the tax payer has to pay for nearly 2 years of prision for this man!!!!!

    Report this comment

    drno

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

Traffic

The A14 has reopened after a seven-vehicle crash on the A14 this evening.

Oscar Fitzgerald

A man from Lowestoft who raped a 12-year-old girl after meeting her online has been jailed.

Fire Service Stock Pictures

Firefighters are currently tackling a blaze in Wivenhoe.

Stowmarket's Regal Theatre is premiering Dad's Army. In conjunction with the cinemas 80th Birthday.

A Suffolk town’s theatre and cinema kicked off its 80th birthday celebrations in style with a sell-out premiere screening of star-studded film Dad’s Army.

An East of England Ambulance on a blue-light call. Library image.

An ambulance crash which left a man fighting for his life has prompted two investigations.

The Lego model of Moyses Hall Museum in Bury arrives at the museum.

Mayors get to open and unveil pretty much everything, but one ceremonial Suffolk leader is likely the first ever to reveal to the world a Lego version of himself opening a Lego version of the local museum.

Remi Morrison is pictured at Pump and Grind in Ipswich.

Another week of great music and events is upon us and Remi Morrison brings you a round up of what is happening in Ipswich over the next few days.

Most read

Fred Olsen Travel Sale

cover

Click here to view
the Fred Olsen
Travel Sale

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Streetlife

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24