Author: Liz Day
An illegal immigrant who came to the UK to find work to support his family has been jailed after being caught at a cannabis factory.
Isni Doci, from Albania, was found by police at a property in Swansea looking after nearly 130 cannabis plants and would not tell officers how he got into the country.
Speaking at Cardiff Crown Court, his counsel Carole Anthony said his family were “destitute”
Sarah Payne, prosecuting, said the management company gave the police keys to the property, but officers had to force entry because the locks had been changed
She added: “Upon entering the house, it was apparent that cannabis was being grown in the two upstairs rooms. Each contained cannabis plants in various stages of growth.
The court heard police found 129 plants at the address, along with equipment including fertiliser, lights and fans.
Prosecutors said the electricity supply had been “tampered with” and had to be made safe by the electricity company.
Doci was found in the house with cash, his passport and Albanian identity card.
He was interviewed at Swansea Central Police Station and accepted he had arrived in the UK illegally.
The defendant stated he had been in the country for a month, but would not tell officers how he travelled to Swansea.
He admitted watering and caring for the plants and maintaining the house, accepting he knew his actions were unlawful.
Prosecutors argued he was motivated by financial gain and was not pressured into the offending
Doci accepted he was due to be paid £1,000 a month for his role and provided with accommodation. The 35-year-old admitted producing cannabis.
Ms Anthony told the court he had no previous convictions and pleaded guilty at the first hearing.
The court heard he has a 10-year-old son and eight-year-old daughter in Albania.
His counsel added: “His family in Albania are destitute. He came to make money to send home.”
She said he was in the cannabis factory for a fortnight and did not get paid.