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Man jailed for growing cannabis in Barking

Dritan Muja tried to escape from police (credit: Metropolitan Police)

A man has been jailed for operating a cannabis farm in Barking. 

Police raided the property in Dereham Road during the early hours of the morning on 22 November 2020. 

Dritan Muja tried to escape through the back of the property but was quickly located by a drugs dog and detained.

Officers found cannabis plants in various stages of growing and drying throughout the house, including in the loft space. 

Muja was arrested on suspicion of production of cannabis and for abstracting electricity.

He pleaded guilty to both offences at Barkingside Magistrates’ Court. 

The 27-year-old has been sentenced to 12 months imprisonment and ordered to pay a £156 victim surcharge. 

“The sale and use of drugs seriously damages the quality of life for residents and businesses, and in the case of cannabis factories, brings significant fire risks to surrounding properties,” said Inspector Mel Baker.

“The sentence handed down by the court in this case is a cautionary tale for anyone who thinks they can endanger residents and fuel the drug trade without paying the price with their freedom.”

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