Man who looked after £300,000 cannabis farm in Swansea is jailed
A LONDONER who came to Swansea to look after a £300,000 cannabis farm has been jailed.
Elvis Kazazi, 30, of no fixed abode, was offered a job as a keeper of the "sophisticated" factory for six weeks.
He was collected from Swansea train station by an unknown man and taken to the address in Argyle Street.
When he arrived, the plants had already been set up and the electricity supply had been bypassed.
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Kazazi was employed to look after the plants, but the prosecution accepted he had a lesser role in the operation.
For six weeks Kazazi lived and worked at his temporary Swansea home, looking after the plants.
Police raided the house on January 29 and found 469 cannabis plants growing inside.
Swansea Crown Court heard the amount the plants could have yielded could have been between one and three ounces from each plant.
The total yield could have been between £131,230 and £393,690, prosecutor Creighton Harvey said.
Steven John, representing Kazazi, said his client had been in the UK for two years but had now been served with deportation papers.
He had been working at a London car wash but had lost his job before he was approached by a man who offered him the role in Swansea.
"He had little option but to take the offer," said Mr John.
Kazazi admitted a charge of producing cannabis.
Recorder Christopher Clee said it was clear Kazazi had played a lesser role in the offence.
But he pointed out that the factory was capable of producing a "significant" amount of drugs.
He jailed him for a total of 12 months.