A husband and wife from Pevensey Bay who have admitted their part in running a multi million pound cannabis production business must wait to hear their fate.
Sentencing of Darren, 47, and Debra Wright, 48, of Eastbourne Road, Pevensey Bay, has been adjourned until July 25 by a judge at Maidstone Crown Court. However, both have been remanded in custody and face likely jail sentences. Another man involved in the cannabis growing racket has already been jailed for ten years.
The court was told that after police swooped on their operation the couple, who previously lived in Herne Bay, fled to Spain.
However, they were extradited back to this country and at court this week they both pleaded guilty to conspiracy to produce cannabis between April 2008 and April this year.
The court was told that they were involved in the organisation of many sophisticated cannabis factories dating back to 2008. Factories were discovered in Ashford, a farm in Wootton and units in Dover, Whitstable and Herne Bay.
DC Donna Hopper said after the pair were remanded, “It is estimated that the potential income from these factories was in the region of £4 million, with some of the factories containing around 2,000 plants.
“It was a sophisticated set up managed by Vietnamese illegal immigrants who had to live in cramped and dangerous conditions.
“Evidence of the Wrights’ involvement came as a result of extensive enquiries following the discovery of a number of individual factories. We were able to link the factories to a John Read who was imprisoned for 10-years in 2011 for three of those finds. With the discovery of two more cannabis houses in Herne Bay in 2012 the net tightened on the Wrights and they fled to Spain. It transpired they owned property there and by working with the Spanish Police we were able to locate them and extradite them back to the UK.”