A closed-down motorbike showroom was put to a different use by Albanian criminals – as a cannabis factory.
And when the former Fretton’s Motorcycles premises in Leamington was raided by the police, officers discovered a crop which could have been worth up to £360,000 on the street.
Eduard Elezi, 27, who was arrested inside, has now been jailed for 15 months after pleading guilty at Warwick Crown Court to producing cannabis.
Prosecutor Simon Rippon said that on March 15 the police executed a search warrant at business premises in Clemens Street and found that four rooms were dedicated to the growing of cannabis using a sophisticated set-up which included the use of ultra-violet lights.
One of the rooms contained 241 young cannabis plants, while in the other three were a total of 188 fully-grown plants.