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Three years in jail for man behind Sheffield station drugs factory

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A 44-year-old man who ran a cannabis factory from rented premises inside railway arches at Sheffield station has been put behind bars for 38 months.

Todor Karzhev, of Stirling Road in London initially pleaded not guilty but changed his plea on the day of sentencing at Sheffield Crown Court on Tuesday, 30 January. 

On Tuesday 7 February last year, a Network Rail employee was carrying out routine fire safety checks at premises under the railway arches on Sussex Street. As he approached one of the premises he noticed a strong smell of cannabis and called us immediately.

When officers forced entry through a fire escape into the building, they discovered a well-established cannabis factory with two large Portacabins housing nearly 300 mature plants and an irrigation system and water tanks.

Numerous CCTV cameras were also set up around the building connecting to a broadband router streaming live images.

As the premises were being searched Karzhev rang Network Rail asking why people were in his rented building, clearly having seen the discovery on streamed CCTV.

A full search of the premises led officers to discover nearly 8kg of cannabis with a street value of more than £76,000.

When interviewed Karzhev claimed he had sub-rented the property and was unaware of the cannabis factory. However when detectives later searched Karzhev’s home address in London , they seized phone and car Sat Nav records  which when analysed, placed him at the premises in Sheffield on numerous occasions.
 
Investigating officer DC Ian Grice said; “Despite Karzhev’s best efforts to run a cannabis factory from under Sheffield station, a safety check uncovered his illicit operation and he had now been landed him with a lengthy jail term.”
 

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