Coventry & Warwickshire

Warwickshire underground drug maze man is jailed

Elijah Stokes and Natalie Kennell Image copyright West Midlands Police
Image caption Elijah Stokes and Natalie Kennell were sentenced at the Leamington Justice Centre

A man has been jailed after police uncovered an underground "labyrinth of rooms" used for growing cannabis.

In December police searched a farm near Ryton-on-Dunsmore, Warwickshire, and found drugs worth about £210,000 in a maze beneath a hatch in the floor.

At the Leamington Justice Centre on Wednesday Elijah Stokes, 29, of Banks Road, Coventry, was given a seven-year sentence for producing class B drugs.

A woman, whose property Stokes used for cannabis production, was also jailed.

Speaking after the hearing, police said they searched Natalie Kennell's Coventry property, about eight miles (13km) from the underground operation.

A West Midlands Police spokesman said they found cannabis plants and three bags of cocaine, kept in the freezer, estimated to be worth about £4,000.

Kennell, 24, admitted allowing her property to be used for class B drugs production and was found guilty of the possession of class A drugs with intent to supply.

She was sentenced to three years in prison.

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