Northampton cannabis farmer caught by police as he tried to climb out bathroom window during raid

The farm in Allen Road is the latest in a string of cannabis factories made by converting family homes

Friday, 23rd April 2021, 4:41 pm
Updated Monday, 26th April 2021, 1:30 pm
Police arrested Lavdrim Lleshi as he attempted to escape through the window of a cannabis farm in Allen Road. File photo.

A Northampton cannabis farmer caught at the scene of a drugs raid in Abington has been told he will be deported when he leaves prison.

Lavdrim Lleshi was apprehended by police as he tried to climb out the bathroom window of a home in Allen Road during a drugs warrant in March 2021.

Inside the converted family house were 142 cannabis plants and a total of 15kg of product, worth £95,000 wholesale.

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Lleshi, 30, had been hired to grow the plants and when arrested was wearing clothes covered in cannabis debris.

At Northampton Crown Court on Friday (April 23), a judge heard how Lleshi had illegally entered the UK 10 years ago to make money for his family.

He had reportedly lost his job and become homeless prior to being hired to work the factory in Abington .

However, the court heard how when he is released from prison he will immediately deported.

Her Honour Judge Adrienne Lucking said: "You were climbing out of the window of the premises when you were arrested. You were wearing plastic gloves and had cannabis debris on your clothes.

"The fact is you are said to be remorseful and you would never be involved in such work again.

"But [immediate imprisonment] is the least sentence I can pass upon you."

The 30-year-old was sentenced to 28 months in prison.

It comes after a string of cannabis farm busts for Northamptonshire police in 2021, including a grow worth over £100,000 that was also found in Abington on Purser Road on April 13.