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Jurgent ‘facing deportation for cannabis farm’

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Syla Jurgent

A man who unlawfully entered the United Kingdom on a boat faces deportation after being discovered in a cannabis farm.

Police officers discovered Syla Jurgent, age 19, at a residence on Brighton Street in Wakefield on January 1 of this year. The residence had previously been used to cultivate the controlled class B substance, and police raided it again in January.

Friday, the Leeds Crown Court heard that officers discovered 69 cannabis plants and equipment in the residence. Prosecutor Robert Galley stated, “When the officers detected the odour of cannabis emanating from the toilet, they forced entry.” The defendant was hidden in the cellar. Inside the residence were 69 cannabis plants along with a large number of lighting and other cultivation equipment.

“The electricity had been cut off at the location. The defendant was to testify that he travelled to the United Kingdom by small boat. The Home Office clarifies that he has no legitimate permission to reside or remain in the United Kingdom. According to his initial account, he travelled to Wakefield as a result of homelessness.”

Vincent Blake-Barnard argued in mitigation that there were aspects of the case that suggested Jurgent played a diminished role. The court heard that he had pled guilty to cannabis production and bypassing electricity.

His Honour Judge Tom Bayliss jailed Jurgent for 13 months and told him he could be facing deportation after he has served half of that sentence in custody. The judge said: “Cannabis is a class B drug. It poses significant harm in the community. Any financial rewards are high. The courts must reflect that in the sentences they pass.

“You are just 19, you have no previous convictions but you’re in the UK illegally. I accept a basis of plea that your role was to water the plants and ensure there were no problems. You were doing so to repay a debt. You were not forced to do this. This was an ongoing operation and there was a degree of sophistication to it. Of course, the electricity had been bypassed – a highly dangerous thing to do.”

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