Keighley businessman grew cannabis in World War 2 Air raid shelter – Shufqat Khan defendsPark Square Barristers
A Keighley businessman who hid an extremely sophisticated cannabis factory in a World War Two air raid shelter was jailed for 2 years at Bradford Crown Court yesterday.
Garry Hodgkinson, set up the secret operation when his stone-masonry business hit hard times.
Shufqat Khan represented Mr Hodgkinson at the sentence hearing.
In mitigation Mr Khan said his client was a man of impeccable character who had been a pillar of the business community for three decades – but his company had suffered due to changing trading conditions and imports of cheaper stone.
Although the defendant did not sell any cannabis it’s street value was nearly £90,000.
Judge Durham Hall QC accepted there was no evidence Hodkinson sold the drugs but said “you clearly were prepared…with a view to continuing financial profits”
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