£70,000 cannabis farmer faces jail

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A CANNABIS farmer involved in one of Hartlepool’s biggest drug operations is facing jail after he admitted preparing £70,000 worth of the drug for the streets of Hartlepool.

Hasan Savzali was arrested after police stormed into his house in Penryhn Street, off the town’s Elwick Road, and discovered a large amount of cannabis drying out in an upstairs bedroom.

Detectives at the time of the raid hailed the seizure as one of the biggest class B drug find ever seen in Hartlepool.

Yesterday Savzali, 28, confessed to having the drugs, weighing around 7kg, for supplying to others.

He appeared at Teesside Crown Court by video link from Holme House Prison in Stockton where he has been on remand since his arrest.

Hartlepool Drugs Unit raided the house in Penrhyn Street at around 10.30am on Tuesday, January 22.

A large amount of cannabis, including the strong skunk variety, was found drying in a front bedroom.

Cleveland Police originally suspected the haul to be worth around £50,000.

But following analysis by forensic scientists, prosecutors now say the drugs had a street value of £70,980.

Savzali, of Penryhn Street, Hartlepool, admitted possession of a Class B drug with intent to supply.

He pleaded guilty on a basis that he was drying out the drugs on behalf of someone else.

Prosecutors were given seven days to consider Savzali’s basis and he is due return to the crown court to be sentenced on Friday, May 24.

Judge Peter Bowers remanded Savzali in custody until then.

Police said the seizure was one of the biggest Hartlepool had seen and would have immediately disrupted the town’s cannabis supply chain.

Acting Detective Sergeant Stuart Kelly said after the seizure: “This was a significant find and we will continue to work within communities to reduce drugs misuse on our streets.”

Anyone with information about drug activity in Hartlepool is urged to call the confidential telephone number (01642) 302181.