Seven charged after £400k cannabis drug den in Worksop flat exposed

Police seized a stash of cannabis similar to this from property in Worksop.

Police seized a stash of cannabis similar to this from property in Worksop.

  • Police seize cannabis with street value of £400,000 from Worksop flat
  • Officers found 72 plants
  • Seven people charged with being concerned in production of cannabis
  • Drug den is thought to be one of biggest ever found in county
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Seven people have been charged after a cannabis grow with a street value of £400,000 was rumbled in a Worksop flat, it can be revealed.

It is believed the stash of the Class B drug is one of the biggest ever amounts to be exposed in the county.

Officers found 72 plants at an address in Victoria Square

Notts Police

A police spokesman said: “Seven people have been charged after a cannabis grow was discovered.”

“Officers found 72 plants at an address in Victoria Square.”

Besmir Hysa, 18, Selman Hysa, 34, Iouri Valter, 43, Clintom Hysa, 20, Jeton Hysa, 26 and a 17-year-old man who cannot be named for legal reasons, have been charged with being concerned in the production of cannabis. All are of no fixed abode.

Florjan Hysa, 28, of Perry Common Road, Birmingham, was also charged with being concerned in the production of cannabis.

A 45-year-old and a 28-year-old man were arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the production of cannabis and for abstracting electricity without permission. They were released on police bail pending further enquiries.

The raid was carried out earlier this year on 30th March, but details have only just come to light.

It comes after a new survey of police seizures found that Nottinghamshire has one of the highest rates of cannabis plant cultivation in the country.

Figures show more than 450,000 plants were seized across the UK in 2013-14.

With 59,002, the most seizures were made by the Metropolitan police in London, which equates to 2,936 plants per million properties.

Notts Police had the fifth highest rate in the country with 5,894 plants seized per million properties.

Neighbouring South Yorkshire was also in the top five with a figure of 6,638, while Wiltshire topped the list at 9,613 plants seized.

The survey was carried out by insurance firm Direct Line for Business, which warned landlords to be wary of their properties being used for cannabis farms.

Direct Line’s Jane Gauschi said: “The consequences can be financially catastrophic.”

“Landlords could face loss of rent and the stress of the legal wrangling during periods of repair or eviction.”

Overall, seizures fell 10 per cent between 2013 and 2014, but a third of police forces saw an average 40 per cent increase in the same period.

A conviction of supply and production of cannabis can result in up to 14 years in prison.