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Car wash worker paid high sum to be a ‘gardener’ to big cannabis operation in Nottinghamshire house

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A car wash worker who was not making enough cash was paid more than £2,000 to be a gardener to a house full of cannabis.

Vullnet Bode, who was in the country illegally, was “lured” to the UK on the promise of significant financial reward, leaving his home in Greece for pastures new.

But it meant the married father-of-two teenage sons was in debt to the tune of £20,000, which was paid for arranging his passage to the UK.

And he has a criminal conviction for producing cannabis after he was lied to about the promise of legitimate work.

Appearing before a judge at Nottingham Crown Court over a link from HMP Nottingham, Bode, now of no fixed address, was jailed for 12 months, of which he will serve half before his eligible for release.

But the reality is 44-year-old Bode, who pleaded guilty, will be subject to automatic deportation back to Albania, where his family are.

It comes after police found 165 healthy cannabis plants in a three-bedroom detached house in Tudsbury Terrace, Sutton-in-Ashfield, at 9.20am in November 2021.

No one answered the door when police arrived, so entry was forced.

Four growing areas, in the living room, two bedrooms and the attic, were found as well as plastic sheeting on the floor, walls painted and windows blacked out.

The electricity meter had even been bypassed.

“All the plants were being watered by hand and the lighting manually operated,” said Andrew Howarth, prosecuting, on Monday, March 7.

Drying cannabis plants in the house clearly indicated an earlier harvest.

Bode, found hiding behind the bathroom door, was arrested.

David Watts, mitigating, said Bode had a, “classic gardener role”, and his involvement was for a really short period.

“He was lured here on the promise of significant financial reward, which is why he left his home in Greece,” explained Mr Watts.

“He is now some £20,000 in debt”.

Judge Julie Warburton told him through an Albanian interpreter: “There was clear evidence you had been living there. You were found with a phone and cash in Euros and Sterling and arrested and made ‘no comment’ in interview.

“You came into the UK illegally as an Albanian national. You are 44 and of previous good character”.

She said Bode, whose wish is to rejoin family in Albania, had indicated he was housed at the property for free, so that was a financial gain in itself, and he was paid £2,300 for “the job”.

“You must have had, because of the sheer scale of it, some awareness of the scale of the operation,” added the judge. “You were in the role essentially as a gardener.

“I accept you were unlikely to have known anything beyond the knowledge of what was going on in that house, in terms of the scale of the operation, and in terms of the distribution side of the supply.

“I accept you were performing a limited function under direction and had no influence on those above you in the chain.

“The fact the electricity was bypassed is an aggravating feature, in my judgement, albeit you are not charged with that or being directly responsible for the electricity bypass”.

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