Grimsby man Elvis Seferi sentenced for production of cannabis following positive drugs test

Grimsby man Elvis Seferi

Grimsby man Elvis Seferi sentenced for production of cannabis following positive drugs test

31-year-old Elvis Seferi from Grimsby has been sentenced to 20 months in prison for the production of cannabis.

The discovery by police came after Mr Seferi tested positive for drugs in a roadside drugs test after he was stopped by officers on the A180 last month.

A Humberside Police spokesperson said: “A 31-year-old Grimsby man was sentenced on Wednesday 26 May for the production of Class B drugs.

“Elvis Seferi was initially stopped on the A180 on Monday 26 April and tested positive for drugs in a road-side drugs test.

“A warrant was then executed at a premises on Wellington Street, Grimsby, and a large quantity of Class B drugs (cannabis) was found.

“As a result, Mr Seferi has now been sentenced to 20 months in prison for producing a controlled Class B drug.”

This follows several discoveries of cannabis grows in Grimsby in recent weeks, with Humberside Police even advising the public on how they can spot a cannabis factory on their street.

The force have run a dedicated operation across Grimsby for 18 months which aims to shut down these factories and take “organised criminals and drugs” off the streets.

So far, the operation has seen around 1,200 cannabis plants with a street value of £270,000 seized.

Detective Inspector Tom Kelly said: “Whilst investigating these cannabis grows, we have noticed that electricity is often now being directly abstracted from the road.

“What this means is that those running the factories are digging up the roads, posing as legitimate workers, and then refilling the roads back in as if nothing has been done, once they have managed to tap into the power supply.

“Not only is the abstraction of electricity in this way incredibly dangerous for those living on the street, often these criminals are exploiting vulnerable people through modern day slavery to complete the work for them, which we won’t accept.

“I am appealing to you to get in touch with us at the earliest opportunity if you suspect this activity is taking place.

“The signs to look out for are: unmarked vans with those completing the work also wearing unbranded protective wear such as hi-vis jackets and hard hats. They may ask you to move your vehicle, or they might work extremely close to your car in order not to raise a direct concern and then you may see late night activity at an address with items being removed.

“The work will involve digging a hole and very quickly re-covering it as though nothing has happened.

“Legitimate workers should be able to provide valid ID when asked and you can check planned works in your area by calling the Northern Power Grid for the Humberside area or if you are not sure which provider you need call 105 who will get you to the right company.

“If the workers have no ID and there are no planned works in your area, it is likely that this work is that of organised drug gangs.

“The best way to report activity that you feel is suspicious is by calling our non-emergency number 101, or if you wish to remain anonymous, Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

“This way, our teams can go and investigate to establish whether the work is legitimate or part of criminal operation. Ultimately, your information could help us to take more criminals and drugs off the streets and protect more victims of modern day slavery and exploitation.”

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