Gang members jailed for ‘sophisticated cannabis operation’ in Camberley
Four members of a cannabis gang appeared at Guildford Crown Court this week (28 February) for sentencing following a raid on a house in Camberley.
In July 2015, officers from Surrey Police received a tip off about possible drugs activity at a property in Valroy Close, Camberley. When officers raided the premises, they found the whole house had been transformed into a cannabis production set-up with foiled lined walls, lighting units, fans and large vents. They also discovered and seized around 80 cannabis plants.
It was estimated that the operation, which had been running from January – July 2015 could have potentially produced up to £100,000 worth of cannabis in a year.
Four men were arrested and subsequently charged.
Adam Kotarski, 41, of Nursery Road, Sunbury ; Adam Pawlowski, 50, of Fernlea Road, Mitcham and Jozef Bialecki, 33, now of Marlas Road, Bridgend were charged and pleaded guilty to being concerned in the production of cannabis.
Bernard Zegarek, 29, of Valroy Close, Camberley was charged and pleaded guilty to allowing his premises to be used for the production of cannabis.
The following sentences were handed out in court: Bialecki was jailed for 30 months, Pawlowski received a 21 month jail sentence and Kotarski a 12 month sentence.Zegarek who sublet the premises to the other three was given an 18-month community order and ordered to perform 150 hours unpaid work. He was also required to pay £500 in legal costs.
DC Dee Currie said: “The judge in this case commented that it was a sophisticated operation for significant financial gain. I hope the sentences handed out in court demonstrate to others that growing cannabis is a serious offence which we won’t tolerate and you won’t get away with it in Surrey.”