‘Victim of modern slavery’ given suspended sentence for growing drugs in a cannabis factory in Banbury

A ‘victim of modern slavery’ is sentenced after growing drugs in a cannabis ‘factory’ in Banbury.
The cannabis factory in Edmunds Road, BanburyThe cannabis factory in Edmunds Road, Banbury
The cannabis factory in Edmunds Road, Banbury

After a Thames Valley Police investigation, Matao Dadaj, aged 30, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to one count each of possession with intent to supply a controlled class B drug – namely cannabis, possession of a class A drug – namely cocaine and cultivation of cannabis, a class B drug.

He was sentenced to a total of one year and three months suspended for 18 months at Oxford Crown Court today (15/7).

On 12 May this year, officers executed a Misuse of Drugs Act warrant in Edmunds Road, Banbury.

The cannabis factory in Edmunds Road, BanburyThe cannabis factory in Edmunds Road, Banbury
The cannabis factory in Edmunds Road, Banbury

As officers entered the property Dedaj was attempting to escape via the conservatory.

Inside the property a large quantity of drugs was located, along with empty plant pots.

Dedaj was arrested at the scene and charged the following day.

Investigating officer, PC David Scott, said: “I welcome today’s sentence for the offences Dedaj pleaded guilty to.

“It was cited in court today that Dedaj was trafficked into the United Kingdom illegally and was a victim of modern slavery.

“Thames Valley Police is committed through Stronghold to working with partners such as international police forces and others to target those who involve themselves in serious and organised crime which is a blight on our communities.

“We would advise anyone who believes they are being forced to commit immigration crimes or perhaps even forced into modern slavery to please report it to us.

“If you think you are a victim please call 101, or you can report online on our website.

“There is further information on our website about immigration crime and modern slavery including information about other support agencies that victims can contact.”