Seven men jailed for 23 years for commercial cannabis operation in Bolney

Seven men jailed for 23 years for commercial cannabis operation

Seven men jailed for 23 years for commercial cannabis operation

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Seven men have been jailed for more than 23 years for their part in the commercial production of cannabis in a South Downs barn.

Carl Lee, 32, John Peacock, 51, Jamie Garner, 23, John Lee, 28, Alex Duffy, 34, Jamie Garner, 22, Dean Austin, 31, and Richard Hall, 39, were sentenced at Lewes Crown Court yesterday following a four week trial.

It is estimated their operation, which was run from Michaelmas Barn in Bolney, had an annual turnover of £1.5 million.

South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU) Detective Inspector Simon Harsley, who led the case, said: “The men at court today probably thought that their seemingly lucrative business would go unnoticed by the police, but it didn't and now they must pay the consequences of their actions with a prison sentence.

“The investigation will not conclude when those before the court are convicted and investigators will seek to recover the proceeds of their criminal activity utilising the proceeds of crime act.”

Lee, from Balcombe, was identified as the leader and found guilty of three counts of conspiracy to produce cannabis on a commercial basis.

He was also found guilty of production of cannabis on a commercial basis. He was sentenced to seven years.

The other six had already pleaded guilty to conspiracy to produce cannabis on a commercial basis at a previous hearing.

Peacock, of Burgess Hill, got four years and six months, Garner, of Haywards Heath, two years and three months, Lee, of East Grinstead, three years nine months, Duffy, of Dormansland, in Surrey, two years six months, Garner, of Haywards Heath, two years three months, Austin, of Beckenham, in Kent, two years and Hall, of Horley, also two years.

Det Insp Simon Harsley said: “This was an investigation by the Criminal Finance Team that targeted a number of commercial cannabis factories and had a potential turnover of millions of pounds.

“As the investigation developed, it became clear that a shop selling hydroponics equipment and fertiliser was at the centre of this industrial and commercial enterprise.”

He added: “An order was also granted at court today enabling the team to donate some of the hydroponics equipment seized from this business to worthy causes such as community based projects and National Trust Gardens.”

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9:16am Thu 22 May 14

Royal_Recruit says...

A bunch of guys grew some plants and sold them to people who want to relax. They could have been paying hundreds of thousands in tax which would have helped thousands of people and created local jobs. Instead they are jailed and some community garden gets some second hand growing equipment. Good grief.
A bunch of guys grew some plants and sold them to people who want to relax. They could have been paying hundreds of thousands in tax which would have helped thousands of people and created local jobs. Instead they are jailed and some community garden gets some second hand growing equipment. Good grief. Royal_Recruit
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9:22am Thu 22 May 14

Robin48gx says...

very sad, this stuff should be legal. Its very wrong to send people to prison for growing this herb
very sad, this stuff should be legal. Its very wrong to send people to prison for growing this herb Robin48gx
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12:00pm Thu 22 May 14

Dr Martin says...

Good news
Good news Dr Martin
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1:46pm Thu 22 May 14

andrewedmondson says...

Well done Sussex police for wasting hard earned public money on a pointless exercise.

The politicans who support the criminality of cannabis should be ashamed of themselves for ignoring the evidence.
Well done Sussex police for wasting hard earned public money on a pointless exercise. The politicans who support the criminality of cannabis should be ashamed of themselves for ignoring the evidence. andrewedmondson
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2:46pm Thu 22 May 14

Mr chock says...

Robin48gx wrote:
very sad, this stuff should be legal. Its very wrong to send people to prison for growing this herb
why .. .. it is what is called a psychotropic drug "mind altering" same yerr as cigarettes anyway they kill parts of the brain ..
ohh maybe thats what all you cannabis smokers have had happen .. DRUGS and growing of drugs keep it illegal . maybe folks that wish to take drugs can be re housed in another country... ummmm Amsterdam ? Colorado, and Washington
wow and no where else ?
http://en.wikipedia.
org/wiki/Legality_of
_cannabis_by_country
[quote][p][bold]Robin48gx[/bold] wrote: very sad, this stuff should be legal. Its very wrong to send people to prison for growing this herb[/p][/quote]why .. .. it is what is called a psychotropic drug "mind altering" same yerr as cigarettes anyway they kill parts of the brain .. ohh maybe thats what all you cannabis smokers have had happen .. DRUGS and growing of drugs keep it illegal . maybe folks that wish to take drugs can be re housed in another country... ummmm Amsterdam ? Colorado, and Washington wow and no where else ? http://en.wikipedia. org/wiki/Legality_of _cannabis_by_country Mr chock
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5:47pm Thu 22 May 14

NickBrt says...

Don't worry guys Dr Carrie will sit in the road and get you out.
Don't worry guys Dr Carrie will sit in the road and get you out. NickBrt
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2:16am Fri 23 May 14

ZeeGee, ffs says...

So it's legal to buy the stuff but illegal to produce it?
So it's legal to buy the stuff but illegal to produce it? ZeeGee, ffs
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10:44am Fri 23 May 14

Dr Martin says...

Dr Martin wrote:
Good news
Oh dear, the pro pot lobby down voting my post, the futility of it.
[quote][p][bold]Dr Martin[/bold] wrote: Good news[/p][/quote]Oh dear, the pro pot lobby down voting my post, the futility of it. Dr Martin
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11:46pm Sun 25 May 14

bitofsense says...

Ah, anti fracker Mr Carl Lee from Balcombe, Now I see why he supports Caroline Lucus...............
..........Its the "GREEN" Party, holy smoke !

He is soooooo concerned about health issues :)

http://www.youtube.c
om/watch?v=MUJX39_WM
9M
Ah, anti fracker Mr Carl Lee from Balcombe, Now I see why he supports Caroline Lucus............... ..........Its the "GREEN" Party, holy smoke ! He is soooooo concerned about health issues :) http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=MUJX39_WM 9M bitofsense
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12:00am Mon 26 May 14

bitofsense says...

Mr Health Concern!!!!

http://www.youtube.c
om/watch?v=xJDNoONgx
wA
Mr Health Concern!!!! http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=xJDNoONgx wA bitofsense
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