Two men have been jailed for their part in operating a “sophisticated” cannabis cultivation operation at premises on Sully Road, Penarth .
At Newport Crown Court two men Simon Pinch and Lucas Williams had both denied producing the Class B drug but were found guilty.
Police found a considerable amount of equipment at Sully Road and 79 cannabis plants being cultivated there – each of which was capable of producing 40 grams a year – creating a total potential yield of 12 kilograms every year.
Judge Neil Bidder said he was satisfied that the men had been cultivating a “significant quantity” of cannabis for “commercial use” . He said the case was “a tragedy of greed.” He told the court “I am satisfied both had an awareness and understanding of the scale of the operation. It is difficult to see they were motivated by anything other than financial advantage.”
All the cannabis and the equipment used to grow it was ordered to be destroyed under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.
Williams (36) from Barry had 19 previous offences on his record and his colleague Pinch (28) from Port Talbot had 2 previous convictions . Williams was jailed for three years and Pinch for 18 months.