TWO MEN from Rotherham have been sentenced to time in prison as the crackdown on growing cannabis in the district continues.
Flamur Vengo (39), of no fixed address and Redian Shabonoj (22), of Bennett Street, Kimberworth, appeared before court for sentencing following cannabis cultivations being found in two properties next door to each other on April 7.
During the raid, they found 159 cannabis plants and equipment used to grow plants.
Vengo and Shabonoj appeared before Sheffield Crown Court yesterday and were sentenced to two years in prison.
Both men have also been found to have entered the UK illegally and will be deported by immigration following completion of their sentence.
Sgt Matt Smith said: “Cannabis cultivations are often led by organised criminals and vulnerable people are exploited to grow the plants.
“Modern slavery and exploitation happen in organised crime, criminals will use opportunities to exploit people into harvesting drugs and earning money.
“The message to those involved in producing drugs is clear and growing stronger everyday- we will catch you and you will be brought before the courts.
“We continue to urge members of the public to report your concerns about cannabis in your neighbourhood to your local policing team, via 101 or the SYP website, or if you’re uncomfortable in speaking to the police through the Crimestoppers charity.”