Old school turned into £2m drug den as pair caught with suitcases full of cannabis

Picture shows rows of cannabis plants growing in black pots
-Credit: (Image: Dyfed-Powys Police)

A sophisticated cannabis farm worth up to £2m has been uncovered in an old school building. The discovery came after police intercepted a car which had been driven from London to west Wales and found suitcases full of the drug.

Two men - one from London and one from Greater Manchester - have pleaded guilty to drugs charges in connection with the discovery. Dyfed-Powys Police say they worked with a number of other police forces on the operation and are committed to making west and mid Wales a "hostile" area to those who deal illegal drugs.

The drugs bust came after police carried out a stop check on a car travelling through Carmarthenshire on Friday, July 4 - a search of the car uncovered five suitcases full of cannabis. Two men were arrested and enquiries established the pair had travelled from London to Ceredigion where they stopped for a short while before setting off on the return journey.

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Further information led to a search warrant being executed at a former school building on Marble Terrace in Llandysul, Ceredigion, where around 1,500 cannabis plants in various stages of growth were discovered growing across two storeys. The sophisticated drug production set-up also included a number of CCTV cameras installed around the building. Police estimate the total street value of the cannabis bud and plants seized during the raid would have been up to £1,960,000.

Cannabis plants found by police
The Llandysul cannabis farm contained around 1,500 plants -Credit:Dyfed-Powys Police

Alfred Perkola, aged 43 from Ealing in London, and Adli Gjegjaj, aged 25 of Salford, Greater Manchester, were charged with being concerned in the production of cannabis, with Perkola also charged with possession with intent to supply. Both men pleaded guilty to the offences when they appeared before magistrates on Saturday. The case was committed to Swansea Crown Court for sentencing.

Dyfed-Powys Police detective chief inspector Rich Lewis said: “This was a very successful operation, which saw excellent joint working not only between a number of departments within Dyfed-Powys Police, but also with other forces. We are committed to making our force area hostile to those who deal illegal drugs, and our work over the weekend has seen a significant amount of cannabis taken out of the supply chain. The strength of evidence against the suspects led to early guilty pleas, and we now await their sentencing.”

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