Four jailed for running cannabis factory

Mark Larios Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

FOUR men who ran a cannabis factory in an industrial unit in Huntingdon have been jailed for a total of more than 15 years.

Officers raided the three-storey unit in Cirrus Court, Glebe Road, on the morning of Wednesday, February 1.

Matthew Prill Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

They discovered more than 700 plants and more than 1500 cuttings potentially worth nearly £1 million.

The factory had been in operation since May last year and had been set up to appear like a legitimate industrial unit.

Vincent Gillet Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

Mark Larios, 43, from Grays, in Essex, and Matthew Prill, 34, from Kingsbridge, Devon, were arrested at the scene.

Larios, who acted as the head gardener, and Prill, who was brought in to help tend the plants, pleaded guilty to producing cannabis.

The day after, Vincent Gillet, 34, of Grays, in Essex, was arrested in Essex and also pleaded guilty to producing cannabis.

The fourth man, David Gorman, 54, was found guilty of producing a controlled drug after a trial at Huntingdon Crown Court.

Gorman, of Hoe Lane, Nazeing, Essex, was jailed for seven years at Huntingdon Crown Court.

Prill and Larios were given credit for guilty pleas and jailed for 20 months and 30 months respectively.

Gillet, who managed the factory, was also given credit for pleading guilty and jailed for three years and four months.