Attleborough man acquitted of drugs charges

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An Attleborough man has today been acquitted of drugs charges at Norwich Crown Court.

Mark Jude, 48, of West Carr Road, was charged on December 14, 2014, with one count of conspiracy to produce cannabis, one count of conspiracy to supply cannabis and one count of using/abstracting electricity without authority.

Andrew Deakin, aged 52 and from Oxford Road, Clacton on Sea, and Paul May, aged 37 and from Hall Street, Long Melford, were also charged following the discovery of a “significant cannabis” farm at Gibbett Site Pig Farm on Hale Road in Bradenham in November 2013.

Officers were alerted to the property via a 999 call on Sunday, November 24, 2013, which alleged threats made with a firearm. Upon arrival and after further enquiries, they found the multi room, highly organised and sophisticated production operation, with over 1000 cannabis plants being seized, along with equipment associated with drugs cultivation.

Deakin was sentenced to seven years imprisonment, having been found guilty at an earlier hearing of one count of conspiracy to produce cannabis, one count of conspiracy to supply cannabis and one count of concealing criminal earnings, while May was sentenced to five-and-a-half years imprisonment, who was guilty of one count of conspiracy to produce cannabis, one count of conspiracy to supply cannabis and one count of possession with intent to supply cannabis.

Det Con Kerrie Atkin said: “We will always take positive action against illegal drug activity where possible. I would urge anyone with similar concerns in their community to contact us on 101 where information will be dealt with sensitively.”

Anyone concerned about illegal drug activity should contact their local policing team on 101 or alternatively information can be passed anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.