A drug dealer who grew 154 cannabis plants in a “sophisticated” operation has been jailed for three years and seven months.
Luke Bidgway, 35, of Waun Borfa Road, Cefn Fforest, pleaded guilty to growing cannabis, as well as possession with intent to supply cannabis.
He was sentenced at Cardiff Crown Court on Monday, February 15.
PC Mark Ling, of Gwent Police, said: “Luke Bidgway was heavily involved in the production of cannabis, spending thousands in order to set up a sophisticated grow within his own home.
“Officers found more than 5kg of cannabis within both his home address and vehicles.
“He made a substantial profit from this, allowing him to buy luxury vehicles and other goods. These items have been seized and he will now be subject to a Proceeds of Crime Act hearing.”
What is a Proceeds of Crime Act hearing?
A Proceeds of Crime Act hearing is held if a defendant is judged to have benefitted financially from their criminal behaviour. The hearing will determine how much the defendant will have to pay back.
PC Ling added: “Bidgway took the decision to involve himself in drug dealing and production; he is now facing the consequence of his actions.
“We hope this substantial sentence will deter others who wish to involve themselves in the drug supply chain. We welcome the decision of the court to hand down this term.
“Drugs have no place in our society. They can often ruin lives, lead to other forms of criminal activity and can have a huge detrimental impact on our communities.”
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