Eleven West Yorkshire men jailed over £2 million cannabis farm

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Eleven West Yorkshire men have been sentenced to a total of almost 53 years imprisonment for their part in a multi-million pound cannabis production operation.

The men were all linked by surveillance and forensics to a cannabis farm in a property in Holmfield Lane, Wakefield, which was discovered following the execution of a search warrant in July 2012.

The farm was capable of producing £2 million worth of cannabis per year.

The eleven defendants appeared at Leeds Crown Court today (Tuesday) where they were sentenced for jointly conspiring to produce cannabis between November 8, 2011, and July 18, 2012.

Jamie Coolican, 37, of Whitehouse Lane, Great Preston, Leeds, who was found guilty following trial, was sentenced to seven years six months.

Anthony Stewart, 41, of Hall Cliffe Crescent, Horbury, who was found guilty following trial, was sentenced to eight years three months.

Jeremy O’Connor, 31, of Thorn Drive, Leeds, who was found guilty following trial, was sentenced to five years.

Scott Harland, 27, of Exmouth Place, Bradford, who was found guilty following trial, was sentenced to 3 years 6 months.

Rhys Iwanzchuk, 23, of Ridgeway, Shipley, who pleaded guilty to the charge, was sentenced to two years.

Andrew Kaye, 39, of Coronation Parade, who pleaded guilty to the charge, was sentenced to three years four months.

Christian Kaye, 35, of Pinfold Grove, Leeds, who pleaded guilty to the charge, was sentenced to three years eight months.

Michael Kaye, 56, of Coronation Parade, Leeds, who pleaded guilty to the charge, was sentenced to four years.

Ian Green, 24, of Rowton Thorpe, Bradford, who pleaded guilty to the charge, was sentenced to five years six months.

Nicholas Coleman, 28, of Temple Avenue, Leeds, who pleaded guilty to the charge, was sentenced to two years four months.

Sam Shackleton, 23, of Fourlands Road, Bradford, who pleaded guilty to the charge, was sentenced to two years four months.

Aiden Panwar, 31, of High Street Place, Idle, who pleaded guilty to the charge, was sentenced to five years three months.

Detective Inspector Neil Hollis, of Protective Services Crime, said: “These men were involved in a highly organised set-up with the capacity to produce millions of pounds worth of cannabis. When the premises was raided we found evidence that the growing areas within the building were actually being extended further. By shutting down this facility we have prevented a significant quantity of drugs from being sold on the streets of West Yorkshire.

“We were presented with a web of lies of ignorance of what was happening at the premises and lack of association between the men. The detailed and protracted investigation carried out ensured we were able to prove that all eleven men had spent significant amounts of time at the property and were all known to each other.

“Following today’s sentencing, we will be pursuing confiscation proceedings against the defendants to ensure that the profits these men gained as a result of their criminal activity are put back in to our communities.”