78-year-old from Ipswich is one of two charged over Suffolk cannabis factory

Two charged over cannabis factory

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A78-year-old Ipswich man is one of two people to have been charged after police raided a cannabis factory near Stowmarket.

Derek Robinson, of Bladen Drive will be appearing in court in relation to the discovery of more than 100 plants at the premises in Mickfield Road, Stonham Aspal.

The other man who is to appear in court later this month is former Ipswich man John Chapman, 45, now of Mickfield Road, Stonham Aspal.

The pair are accused of production of cannabis.

Chapman is also accused of possession of a Class A drug.


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A spokeswoman for Suffolk Constabulary confirmed the men had been charged after answering their bail date.

Four people were originally taken into custody by police.

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Officers carried out a warrant at a business unit there around 10am on July 29 last year.

In addition to the cannabis plants police also found hydroponic equipment at the premises which was being used to help them grow.

The two other people who were detained at the time were a 40-year-old man from Bramford and a 21-year-old woman from the Stowmarket area.

Both were arrested on suspicion of the cultivation of cannabis.

All the suspects were released on bail after being interviewed.

Police have confirmed that following further enquiries no further action will be taken against the 40-year-old man or the 21-year-old woman.

Robinson and Chapman have been released on bail until the first hearing of their cases.

It is due to take place before West Suffolk Magistrates on February 29.

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