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Three sentenced following cannabis grow at remote farmhouse, Hockley Heath

Police issue footage of the moment they raided multi million pound farmhouse https://www.dropbox.com/s/k2oyeqm0ksjfbd9/VTS_01_1.VOB?dl=0

Incident 67 of 31 March 2017

Fifty-five year old Lisa Dawn Scotney from Broadway North, Walsall, 50 year old Shaun Wilkinson from City Heights, Snow Hill, Birmingham and 55 year old Edward Michael Ambrozewicz of Roebuck Glade, Willenhall, Wolverhampton have been sentenced for Conspiracy to produce a controlled drug (cannabis) after appearing at Leamington Crown Court on 20 June 2019.

Lisa Scotney was sentenced to 2 years imprisonment suspended for 2 years and 240 hours unpaid work victim surcharge.

Shaun Wilkinson was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment suspended for 2 years and 240 hours unpaid work victim surcharge.

Edward Ambrozewicz was sentenced to 21 months suspended for 2 years and 15 hours Reabilitation order and 100 hours community service.

The three were arrested after officers discovered a cannabis farm when executing a warrant under the Misuse of Drugs Act on 31 March 2017 at Heathfields farm house in Hockley Heath, a 6 bedroomed house set in 11 acres.

The house had been rented for £3750 a month from 12 August 2016 until the date the warrant was executed.

One hundred and ten cannabis plants were recovered in a quadruple garage and 5 rooms inside the house together with 3.51kg of ready to sell cannabis worth £21-27000. There was also evidence of previous grows. Also recovered was a cannabis shredder to reuse the cannabis waste in the growing process to fully monetise the cannabis plants.

DC Tonnelli who provided a drugs expert statement describes this enterprise as moderately large requiring significant commitment to the maintenance of the cannabis plants and requiring significant investment into making the most profit from the plants.

DS Edwards said "This was a significant cannabis seizure executed under the ongoing Protect campaign to tackle serious and organised crime. A substantial amount of drugs were stopped from reaching the streets of the county.

"The drugs trade ruins the lives of people who take them and also affects their families, their friends and the wider community and we are committed to tackling drug dealing and the criminality associated with it.

"Our work is not over yet and we will pursue these offenders through the Proceeds of Crime Act after court to recover the profits from this illegal and organised activity.

If you suspect that drug related activity is happening in your neighbourhood please report it to police on 101. This information can make a real difference as the information you provide, no matter how small, could be the missing piece of intelligence which leads us to catching an offender.

#Protect is a campaign being run by Warwickshire and West Mercia Police alongside a range of partner agencies to tackle serious and organised crime (SOC).

The broad-ranging operation covers four key areas of activity:

Pursue - prosecuting and disrupting those involved in SOC

Prevent - stopping individuals from becoming involved in SOC

Protect - increased levels of protection against SOC

Prepare - reducing the impact of SOC where it occurs

Link to drone footage of the moment police arrived at the property

https://www.dropbox.com/s/k2oyeqm0ksjfbd9/VTS_01_1.VOB?dl=0

Published 21/06/19