Men found hiding in Scunthorpe industrial unit jailed for drug production
Two men caught hiding in an industrial unit in Scunthorpe containing 180 cannabis plants, have been jailed.
The pair were arrested at the unnamed unit, where drugs with a street value of around £75,000 were found.
James Neeson, 37, and Neil Butcher, 43, both from Doncaster, pleaded guilty to producing a class B drug and given custodial sentences.
Neeson was given 32 months, while Butcher received 27 months.
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The case was brought to the attention of officers in the Regional Organised Crime Unit back in October 2011, when a covert investigation was launched.
The cross boundary operation was carried out over three weeks, involving officers from Scunthorpe, the air support unit, as well as officers from South Yorkshire Police's proactive team.
When officers searched the premises they came across overhead lighting and a sophisticated watering arrangement.
There was also a trap door, within the ceiling of one of the ground floor rooms. This led to a loft space, which is where the defendants were found and arrested, before later being charged.
Speaking about the case, Detective Chief Superintendent Clive Wain, Regional Operations Commander, said: "The result demonstrates what can be achieved in partnership through joined-up intelligence led investigations.
"These offenders were operating across force boundaries so by using specialist resources from across Yorkshire and the Humber we have removed these negative role models from our local communities."
Confiscation proceedings under the Proceeds of Crime Act have now commenced.