Six men are starting a total of 19 years in prison after admitting their part in a cannabis growing operation worth over £500,000.

The six were arrested during an intelligence led operation on 2 October 2018 during which five properties in Leeds were raided. Officers from the Yorkshire and the Humber Regional Organised Crime Unit carried out the operation during which the cannabis was found.

The properties raided were on Banstead Terrace East, Victoria Avenue, Bellbrooke Grove, Easterly Crescent and Regents Street.

And on Tuesday 18th December the six men were sentenced at Leeds Crown Court for their roles.

  • Behar Lamaj, 21, of Regents Street, was sentenced to five years and 8 months after admitting conspiracy to produce a class B drug, cannabis.
  • Rizalah Koka, 21, of Regents Street, was sentenced to 4 years and 6 months after admitting conspiracy to produce a class B drug, cannabis.
  • Edison Palushi, 21 of Easterly Crescent was sentenced to 3 years and 8 months after admitting conspiracy to produce a class B drug, cannabis.
  • Alban Elezaj, 20 of Victoria Grove was sentenced to 22 months after admitting conspiracy to produce a class B drug, cannabis.
  • Mexhit Palushi, 19 of Easterly Crescent was sentenced to 20 months after admitting conspiracy to produce a class B drug, cannabis.
  • Etmond Koleku, 23 of Banstead Terrace East was sentenced to 22 months after admitting conspiracy to produce a class B drug, cannabis.

Detective Inspector Lee Fletcher of the Regional and Organised Crime Unit – Yorkshire and the Humber Region, said:

“Illegal drugs cause misery to communities and these six now have time inside to consider the consequences of their actions.

“These raids came about because of a mixture of police work and people coming forward with information about what was going on in their area.

“I would encourage anyone who suspects any illegal activity in their area to contact their local police force on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.