An illegal immigrant was put to work in a cannabis farm to pay off his debt to people traffickers, a court has heard.
Albanian national Albion Ukperaj, 20, was a “live-in gardener” of the farm at a house in Flimby, near Workington, after incurring a Â£16,000 debt.
Carlisle Crown Court heard police found 200 plants worth Â£100,000 when they raided the Brook Street house in May.
Ukperaj admitted producing cannabis and was sentenced to 11 months in a young offenders’ institution.
The court heard the police raided the home on 29 May following concerns from neighbours and found a sophisticated growing operation which included ventilation, electrical equipment and foil-lined walls.
The electricity supply had been bypassed.
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