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Albanian national jailed for producing cannabis in Cifynydd Hotel

Earlier this month we told you about an arrest following the discovery of a large cannabis factory at the old Commercial Hotel in Cifynydd.

Today, Flavio Picaku, 25, was jailed for 12 months after pleading guilty to producing the class B drug.

Officers discovered drugs potentially worth more than £600,000 inside the premises - nine rooms over two floors were being used to grow the drug, including what many people would remember to be the old function area with its distinctive gold coloured hand rails (pictured).
Flavio Picaku - an Albanian national - was inside the premises and tried to flee when police went inside.
He admitted to being paid to live there to grow and cultivate the plants.
Inspector Stuart Williams, said at the time: “The public are our eyes and ears – we need people to be alert and act on their suspicions. This particular operation was capable of generating a lot of criminal cash, and make no mistake, these types of operations are funding all sorts of other criminal activities which come hand in hand with violence, oppression and human suffering.”

Suspect cannabis growing? Don't hesitate. 
Call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.