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Cannabis gardener tried to flee through roof when farm worth £460,000 was raided

Cannabis plants with an estimated street value of up to £460,000, grown in a sophisticated operation, were seized in a police raid.

The cannabis haul found at Izons Industrial Estate in Oldbury in June

Officers armed with a search warrant discovered the haul of more than 500 plants along with two so-called gardeners looking after them at Izons Industrial Estate, in Oldbury, on June 27 following a tip-off.

Wolverhampton Crown Court heard that one of the men Edlir Bani, aged 38, tried to flee to the roof of the unit in Oldbury Road off Cornwallis Road, premises when he realised the game was up.

Sentencing the Albanian national Recorder Sarah Mckeown said: "You came to the UK to find work and were told about a labouring job and offered accommodation. I've heard that you thought it was legal work.

"I accept that you were exploited and had no part in the setting up of the operation. You were not the major player. It is accepted by counsel that you played a lesser role. You have no previous convictions."