Man jailed after Kent Police uncover two Gravesend cannabis factories

PUBLISHED: 16:05 08 August 2013

A man has been jailed for almost three years after dawn raids uncovered two cannabis factories in Gravesend.

Ian Edward McLaren, of Cambridge Street, Pimlico, admitted cultivating cannabis, abstracting electricity and possessing a weapon for the discharge of noxious liquid or gas at Maidstone Crown Court on July 23.

The 43-year-old’s actions came to light on April 30 after Kent Police raided a property in Cimba Wood.

Around 50 cannabis plants were found in a single room, as well as an electricity metre that had been bypassed through another - sparking the risk of a fire.

Detectives also raided a second property at Spencer Court, in Romulus Road, where they found more than 50 plants again.

McLaren was jailed for 34 months for drug offences, and given a further six months for electricity offences and possession of a weapon - to run concurrently.

Det Con Roger Harris, of Kent Police, said: “Cannabis is an illegal substance and growing it in these quantities clearly indicates the intention to distribute it further.

“Kent Police takes the war on drugs seriously and we will continue to pursue those who think they are above the law.

“McLaren’s sentence should send a clear message to others who carry out these activities: we will find you, charge you, take you to court, and you may well end up in jail.”

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