Three men jailed for running cannabis factory in Hertfordshire

The trio were sentenced on Tuesday

Wednesday, 16th September 2020, 3:17 pm
Updated Wednesday, 16th September 2020, 3:20 pm

Three men have been each sentenced to three years in prison for growing cannabis in a house in Hertfordshire.

The warrant was executed by the Hertford Operational Support Group at the house in Newlands Avenue, Radlett, on April 30 2020.

Upon executing the warrant, three men were found inside the property and arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the production of a controlled drug (Class B – cannabis).

Andi Hasko, Maringlen Hasko and Redion Balla
Andi Hasko, Maringlen Hasko and Redion Balla

Almost 700 plants were found inside the property and a large amount of cash was seized.

Andi Hasko, 32, Maringen Hasko, 25, and Redion Balla 26 were found guilty and sentenced at St Albans Crown Court on Tuesday, September 15, to 36 months.

Acting Inspector for the Operational Support Group Jim Rounce said: “We acted on intelligence to carry out this warrant and were able to arrest those involved in its operation, ensuring the drugs did not get into public circulation.

“We often see large houses being rented to farm cannabis and so I would urge people to look out for the typical signs and contact police if they have any suspicions.

"Things to look out for are curtains permanently drawn and windows closed, people coming and going from the address at odd times of the day and night, the smell of cannabis, the noise of fans and condensation on windows.”

“If you have any information about drug supply please report it, to help us build up the intelligence we need to take appropriate action.”

You can report information online at herts.police.uk/report, or call 101. Alternatively, you can stay anonymous by contacting the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.