A bailiff accidentally discovered a 400-plant cannabis plantation in a terraced house in Niue-Ghent, Belgium, earlier this year.
“Always pay your taxes. It’s the life lesson of this case,” attorney Raan Colman quipped. On Thursday, the public prosecutor demanded three years in prison and a fine for the two Albanians suspected of being involved in a cannabis plantation.
The cannabis plantation was accidentally discovered at the end of January. A bailiff stood at the door on Haardstedestraat in Ghent along with the police to collect the contents. The resident had not paid the bills. Once inside, the bailiff and police discovered 400 plants spread across three rooms.
During the investigations, two Albanians were arrested. They would have helped maintain the cannabis plantation for about three weeks. One of them had already been convicted of a drug case in the United Kingdom. The defendants asked for a lenient sentence.
“He wanted to earn money to go back to his family in England,” Raan Colman said. Attorney Thomas Gillis then intervened on behalf of his client.
“He has a clean criminal record, give him another chance.”
The decision will be made on September 28.
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