Man jailed following discovery of cannabis farm in Whitehaven

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A man has been jailed for 1 year 3 months after police discovered a cannabis farm full of nearly 100 plants with a street value of £77,000.

Officers found the drugs factory in Fell View Avenue, Woodhouse, Whitehaven, after executing a search warrant on August 4.

Officers were confronted with a living room full of cannabis plants growing under lights, with further plants found in three other rooms.

Ervin Nurka, 39, was found in the kitchen and detained.

Nurka, of no fixed abode, who gave little comment in interview, appeared at Carlisle Crown Court today where he was sentenced to 15 months. 

He admitted being concerned in production of a controlled drug of Class B – Cannabis. 

Speaking after the case, Detective Constable Lindsay Clark said: “This was a professional set-up in the middle of a residential area in Whitehaven.

“Our investigations stopped this commercial enterprise and we are pleased with the sentence handed out today.

“We hope anyone tempted to become involved in such a criminal enterprise takes note.

“Our investigations into drugs crime relies on intelligence and information and we would urge anyone who has seen or knows of anything suspicious to contact us.”

DC Clarke added: “We have officers and PCSOs out-and-about engaging with the community every day, but we also need you to tell us what is happening in your neighbourhoods.

“Please come forward with information – everything will be reviewed and acted upon accordingly.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 – or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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