Leeds & West Yorkshire

Twelve men jailed over Wakefield cannabis farm find

Twelve men have been jailed for running a multi-million pound cannabis farm in West Yorkshire.

Surveillance and forensics work by police linked the men to the factory in Holmfield Lane, Wakefield.

Officers found the site was being extended to grow more cannabis.

Anthony Stewart, 41, of Hall Cliffe Crescent, Horbury, received the longest sentence and was jailed for eight years and three months.

  • Jamie Coolican, 47, of Whitehouse Lane, Great Preston, was jailed for seven years and six months.
  • Ian Green, 24, of Rowton Thorpe, Bradford, was jailed for five years and six months.
  • Aidan Panwar, 31, of High Street Place, Idle, was jailed for five years and three months.
  • Jeremy O'Connor, 31, of Thorn Drive, Leeds, was jailed for five years.
  • Michael Kaye, 56, of Coronation Parade, Leeds, was jailed for four years and two months.
  • Christian Kaye, 31, of Pinfold Grove, Leeds, was jailed for three years and eight months.
  • Scott Harland, 27, of Exmouth Place, Bradford, was jailed for three years and six months.
  • Andrew Kaye, 35, of Coronation Parade, Leeds, was jailed for three years and four months.
  • Nicholas Coleman, 28, of Temple Avenue, Leeds, was jailed for two years and four months.
  • Samuel Shackleton, 25, of Fourlands Road, Bradford, was jailed for two years and four months.
  • Rhys Iwanczuk, 23, of Ridgeway, Shipley, was jailed for two years.

Det Insp Neil Hollis said: "These men were involved in a highly organised set-up with the capacity to produce millions of pounds worth of cannabis.

"When the premises was raided we found evidence that the growing areas within the building were actually being extended further."

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