Two convicted in ‘one of the biggest commercial cannabis productions in Devon and Cornwall’


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Two drug gang members were convicted and convicted today (Friday 8 April) for their part in growing one of the largest commercial cannabis productions in Devon and Cornwall. Zurafet Lika, 26 of no fixed abode, and 41-year-old Sajmir Mata from Exeter were both found guilty of growing cannabis. They were each sentenced to two years and three months in prison.

The men were arrested after a police raid on a property on Barnfield Hill in Exeter in November 2021. The group grew more than 500 plants in the bedroom property.

Three other men were also arrested at the property and were convicted on April 1 after admitting their role in the operation. Osman Hakorja, 31 and from London, was sentenced to four years and three months, while Geraldo Mali, 25, from Exeter was sentenced to 15 months. Finally, 27-year-old Mohamed Troci, without a permanent residence, was sentenced to two years.

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On November 17, 2021, four of the men at the property were arrested on suspicion of growing cannabis and involved in the supply of cannabis. Hakorja was found and stopped shortly afterwards on his way back to London on the A303 near Andover by Hampshire Police.



Geraldo Mali, 25, from Exeter, was sentenced to 15 months, and Mohamed Troci, 27, of no fixed abode, was sentenced to two years.

The court heard how the gang had been under surveillance when officers searched the house and discovered the massive cannabis crop. Each room in the ten-bed house was used to grow more than 500 plants. A “particularly sophisticated ventilation system” was used, which was made possible after the driveway was excavated to connect the power lines to the main street. Western Power noted that the system was incredibly dangerous and something the utility hadn’t seen before.



Zurafet Lika, 26, of no fixed abode, and Sajmir Mata, 41, from Exeter were both found guilty of cultivating cannabis and sentenced to two years and three months in prison.
Zurafet Lika, 26, of no fixed abode, and Sajmir Mata, 41, from Exeter were both found guilty of cultivating cannabis and sentenced to two years and three months in prison.

A spokesperson for the Devon and Cornwall Police said: “The set-up at the address was estimated to have generated revenue of around £3million a year as a recurring growth with a wholesale value of just £250,000 and a street value of just under €500,000. .

“A huge amount of equipment that had been used at the property was also found, along with a number of new and unused items, all estimated to be between £17,000 and £28,000. Other equipment found at the site, including bags of soil and plant food, was estimated at about £4,500.”

The serious and organized crime team conducted detailed telephone work seized from each of the men, exposing the scope of the operation.

Investigating Officer DC Tracey Stafford said: “The arrests, charges and subsequent convictions of these individuals by the Serious and Organized Crime Team are the result of an investigation into one of the largest commercial productions of cannabis in Devon and Cornwall. The sheer scale of the production shows what can happen in our armed forces area and shows that no class of drugs will be tolerated in Devon and Cornwall.

“We relied on the public’s assistance, information intelligence, and the dedication and tireless work of our team for this research. We are committed to taking positive action.”

Alison Hernandez, Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly said: “Drug use and trafficking is one of the top concerns of our communities and a priority in my policing and crime plan. This seizure removes a huge amount of drugs from circulation and reminds us that behind the drug trade are serious and organized criminals. I would like to say a big ‘well done’ to the officers whose hard work has led to this conviction and I hope this reassures the people of Devon and Cornwall that they are being listened to when they report drug crimes.”

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