Jail for cannabis farmer who dodged justice for two years by fleeing to Lithuania

A cannabis farmer was finally jailed for helping two crops in the city – then dodging justice for four years.

Donatas Dapkevicius headed back to Lithuania instead of waiting to be sentenced for his crimes, a court heard.

He was first involved in a drug growing operation which could have made £88,320 profits from a house in Laybourne Drive, Bestwood.

When it was raided in September 2014, he was found hiding in the garden. When it was pointed out that it was “a professional grow and good quality,” he told them it was “beginner’s luck,” said Lorraine Fox, prosecuting.

He was charged and bailed but was caught five months later at a similar set-up in Repton Road, Bulwell. That crop could have been worth £76,750 while electricity worth £28,000 had been used via a bypassed meter, added Miss Fox.

 

After twice appearing before magistrates, Dapkevicius left the country and was only arrested when he returned in the hope of finding work.

He was jailed for two years after admitting two counts of producing cannabis and failing to attend court on February 16, 2015.

Judge Stuart Rafferty QC told the 24-year-old: “You were on your heels and going out of the jurisdiction for many years, trying to avoid these proceedings, seeking to evade justice.

“This was production on a major scale. Those people running that enterprise distance themselves from what is happening and the people caught are people like you.

“Cannabis is a pernicious drug and brings misery to the community and this country.

“You will serve half your sentence in custody and will then be released. I hope and expect you will leave this country immediately.”

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