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Nine appear in court following discovery of £1m cannabis factory

PUBLISHED: 16:48 18 July 2019 | UPDATED: 20:05 18 July 2019

Eight men and a teenager have appeared in court after police uncovered a £1m cannabis factory in Lenwade. Picture: Denise Bradley

Eight men and a teenager have appeared in court after police uncovered a £1m cannabis factory in Lenwade. Picture: Denise Bradley

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Eight men and a boy have appeared in court after police uncovered and dismantled a £1m cannabis factory hidden behind closed doors at a Norfolk industrial estate.

Police at a cannabis factory found on an industrial estate in Lenwade. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYPolice at a cannabis factory found on an industrial estate in Lenwade. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Officers seized more than 1,000 cannabis plants as they disassembled an "extremely professional" set-up inside a two-storey building in Lenwade, between Norwich and Fakenham.

Following the police operation, which started on Wednesday, nine people were arrested and have been charged with producing a quantity of cannabis, a controlled drug of class B.

Some of them appeared at Norwich Magistrates' Court on Thursday (July 18), including:

- Vedot Koc, 42, from London,

Cannabis plants are bagged up as police clear a cannabis factory found at Lenwade. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYCannabis plants are bagged up as police clear a cannabis factory found at Lenwade. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

- Leonardo Motera, 18, from London

- Mevlan Cena, 22, of no fixed address

- Potja Shpresim, 31, of no fixed address

- Viktor Mihayov, 23, from London

Sgt Angie Youd in one of the four growing rooms at a cannabis factory found at Lenwade. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYSgt Angie Youd in one of the four growing rooms at a cannabis factory found at Lenwade. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

None of the defendants gave an indication of plea and the cases were sent to Norwich Crown Court on August 15.

Other defendants did appear but have had their cases adjourned until Friday (July 19) as there was not an interpreter available.

Those included:

- Zafe Kinik, 53, from London

- Ali Yilmaz, 53, from London

- Kien Le, 26, of no fixed address

- A 15-year-old boy who cannot be named for legal reasons

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