Shoes give man away as he tries to hide in police raid on Wyke drugs farm (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Police spot man’s trainers in chimney as he tries to hide away at drug farm
A Chinese man hiding up a chimney at an £82,000 cannabis farm was caught when sharp-eyed police officers spotted his dangling training shoes, a court heard.
Failed asylum seeker, Jun Jun Lin, 27, was locked up for nine months yesterday after he was re-arrested for jumping bail and admitted production of cannabis at The Lodge House, Shirley Manor, Huddersfield Road, Wyke.
Prosecutor Ken Green told Bradford Crown Court that officers on patrol heard the intruder alarm at the property at 11.30pm on June 22, 2009.
Lin’s vehicle was outside and a man and woman were seen fleeing from the rear of the lodge.
Mr Green said the police uncovered a sophisticated cannabis farm at the property, with a hidden trap door into a cellar, covered by a matching kitchen floor tile and a large American-style fridge.
Down a ladder into the cellar, officers found an excavated area containing 72 cannabis cuttings and growing equipment.
On the first floor, there were mature cannabis plants, a bed, TV and numerous Chinese DVDs.
Officers secured the property and returned the following morning to find Lin hiding up the chimney.
He told them he had been recruited to do the cleaning at the house and was horrified to discover it was a cannabis farm.
Mr Green said Lin, of Colenso Grove, Leeds, had been arrested on suspicion of involvement in cannabis factories in that city but there was insufficient evidence to charge him.
He was bailed by the police but did not turn up when ordered to and was at large until he was re-arrested, held in custody for some time and bailed again.
Mr Green said lack of fingerprint evidence linking Lin to the lodge supported his case that he did not play a leading role in the operation. In all, 204 cannabis plants were seized from the property, with a potential yield of 9.5 kilos and a street value of up to £82,000.
Lin’s solicitor advocate, Tom Rushbrooke, said he came to the UK in 2006 and was refused asylum. He had a partner and three young children and was struggling for money because he was not permitted to work, the court heard.
Judge David Hatton QC said it was “a very substantial quantity of cannabis.”
“You did lend yourself to assisting in that enterprise,” he told Lin.