Man jailed in crack down on organised crime

Immingham

28 Jul 2020

An Immingham man has been jailed for eight months as part of an ongoing operation to rid northern Lincolnshire of cannabis factories run by organised crime groups.

The operation is being led by Detective Inspector Tom Kelly and to date, we have carried out warrants at six properties, recovering cannabis with an estimated street value of £1.1 million.

Erjon Koltraka, 25, was arrested after our teams carried out a warrant at a property in Talbot Street on Monday, June 8, and discovered 167 cannabis plants were being grown in the loft and one of the bedrooms (pictured left).

He was remanded into custody for sentencing at Grimsby Crown Court after he admitted to cultivating cannabis at a hearing before Grimsby Magistrates Court on June 8.

The court heard he had travelled to the area from London to manage the grow after being approached by a fellow Albanian who had offered him the job.

The electricity supply to the house had been tampered with by the crime gang prior to his arrival to hide the amount of power being used and avoid paying the bill.

DI Kelly said: “My number one priority is keeping the communities of North and North East Lincolnshire safe and targeting cannabis factories run by organised crime groups is a big part of that.

“These gangs often exploit vulnerable people to do their work for them. It’s also common for them to illegally tamper with electricity supplies to power the grow, increasing the risk of fires and putting those living and working in neighbouring properties at risk.

“Dealing with the crime and antisocial behaviour that’s often associated with drug use is also a priority for us, as we know the impact this has on the wider community who shouldn’t have to put up with this happening on their doorstep.

“This isn’t something that we’re prepared to accept or tolerate and we will continue to proactively target these drug production operations.

“If you have concerns about drug-related crime, please call our non-emergency 101 line or 999 if someone is in immediate danger. If you’d rather not give your name, you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.”