Jail for men after cannabis factory found at cottage with blacked-out windows

A cottage with blacked out windows was in fact a large scale drugs factory capable of producing up to £250,000 worth of cannabis, a court has heard.

Police who detected a strong smell of the drug outside Bridge Cottages in Chester Road, Mold, found a total of 268 cannabis plants in three separate growing zones, Mold Crown Court was told.

The potential yield of the plants could produce cannabis valued on the street between £75,320 and £225,000, said the prosecution.

Andrew Thomas Mitchell, 39, a father of seven who was the tenant of the cottage, was jailed for 27 months after he admitted producing cannabis.

The cannabis plants found at the cottage. Credit: North Wales Police

Both he and co-defendant Wayne Douglas, 22, formerly of Ewloe but now of Bradley Road in Wrexham, were arrested after their finger prints were found at the premises.

Douglas, said to have provided some of the growing equipment, admitted producing cannabis and he was jailed for ten months.

Judge Niclas Parry ordered that all the cannabis plants, lights, equipment and paraphernalia be destroyed.

Credit: North Wales Police

Judge Parry said that Mitchell’s case was aggravated by the fact that he had a previous conviction for producing cannabis.

Douglas had a poor record including a number of convictions for possessing drugs.