Police issue warning to landlords after discovery in Mansfield street

Aljon Kacaj is of slim build and appears to be of white ethnicity. He has short brown hair and a brown moustache and beard and brown eyes
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A cannabis factory of more than 160 plants was found on a residential street. The plants were seized when officers carried out a warrant at the property located on Big Barn Lane in Mansfield.

The warrant was carried out at around 1.55pm on Wednesday, May 1, and the illegal drug was found growing in multiple rooms in the property, as well as in the loft space. Nottinghamshire Police said Aljon Kacaj, 33, was found at the scene and later pleaded guilty to producing cannabis.

He claimed merely to be watering the plants on behalf of an unidentified middleman who offered him money and a place to live. Appearing at Nottingham Crown Court on Thursday, May 23, he was jailed for 20 months.

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Extensive damage was caused to the rented semi-detached property, which also had its electrical supply diverted to disguise the very large amount of power being used. Sergeant Neil Priestley, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: "This was a large and sophisticated operation that will have cost a considerable amount of money to set up.

"It has also caused a very large amount of damage to the internal structure of the property which the owner will now have to rectify at their own expense. For that reason, I urge residential landlords to think very carefully about who they let their properties to and to ensure that all relevant background checks are completed.

"People should also be wary of red flags like people offering to pay a large amount of rent up front or in cash, because the cost of falling victim to this kind of criminality far outweighs any short-term financial gain. Local residents also have a significant role to play in combating this kind of offending, by letting us know in confidence about any concerns they may have.

"As our officers did in this case, we’ll then work to develop that intelligence and secure a warrant to enforce on the address."