Three sentenced in cannabis case

By Cornish Times in Crime

Three men have been sentenced at Truro Crown Court today following an investigation into cannabis production at five premises in Liskeard and Looe.

Jon Stentiford, 45, from Eastern Avenue, was sentenced to four and a half years in prison, Bradley Sleep, 31, of Drakewalls, Gunnislake, was sentenced to four years and Gary Burchell, 55, of Mill Road in Tideford, was sentenced to two and a half years after all had previously pleaded guilty of conspiracy to produce cannabis.

Stentiford was also sentenced to 18 months imprisonment to be served consecutive to the four years when a previous suspended sentence was activated.

In addition, police said James Prowse and Alexander Nicholls were both sentenced to two years, suspended for two years and Kevin Elkin was sentenced to 21 months imprisonment, suspended for two years for their part in the conspiracy, and Rachel Liddicott was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment, suspended for two years for an offence of money laundering.

Officers say Julie-Anne Painter, 44, was found guilty by a jury following a trial at Truro Crown Court on May 18 and will be sentenced on June 2.

Police said the ’large-scale’ investigation began in October 2015 when officers carried out a series of raids at five premises in Liskeard and a property in Looe.

Officers discovered 229 cannabis plants.

The court heard the plants were found in ‘grow tents’ with identical growing methods and featured identical electrical and physical items.

Police said the recovered plants had been estimated as worth between £20,000 and £160,000.

In addition, 1,224 grams of recently harvested cannabis was seized from a van leaving one of the houses. The street value of this seizure was estimated at £12,240.

A further 500 grams of cannabis, street value £5,000, was recovered from one of the addresses.

DS Tim Wright said: ’The full benefit of this conspiracy has been estimated to be as much as £400,000 over the period that cannabis was being grown.

’All of the locations were rented, and the organisers used the names of innocent local people when renting some of the premises. Rents, council tax and significant electricity bills were paid by the criminals showing the organised and lucrative nature of this criminal organisation.

’We welcome the sentence following this tenacious investigation.’

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