THREE men have been sentenced after a ‘sophisticated’ cannabis factory was uncovered.
Two men have been jailed and another has been handed a suspended prison sentence after a what police described as a “lengthy and detailed” investigation into drugs offences in the Newhaven area two years ago.
All three pleaded guilty to drugs charges and were sentenced at Lewes Crown Court earlier this month.
Judge Charles Kemp jailed Luca Wright, 27, of Cricketfield Road, Seaford, for a total of three years and four months for producing cannabis, a class B drug, at a property in South Way, Newhaven, and for possessing the drug with intent to supply.
Christopher Bywaters, 31, of The Nurseries, Lewes, was jailed for a total of 23 months for the production of cannabis and breaching a previous two-year prison sentence.
Simon Roser, 39, of Walden Court, Canterbury, Kent, was handed a 17 month jail term, suspended for two years, and ordered to complete 200 hours of unpaid work for his part in cannabis production.
All three men were ordered to pay a £140 victim surcharge.
The judge ordered the “sophisticated” commercial-scale cannabis factory to be destroyed, along with almost half a kilogramme of cannabis found at Wright’s former home in Rosemary Close, Peacehaven.
Detective Constable Paul Gray, of Sussex Police’s serious organised crime unit, said: “As the result of a detailed investigation we were able to put forward high quality, overwhelming evidence that left the men no option but to plead guilty and they have now been sentenced for their crimes.”
Anyone who believes drugs offences are being committed in their community should forward details online or call Sussex Police on 101.
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