Four deny knowledge of cannabis factory in Lansdowne Road, Leicester
Four people on trial in connection with running a cannabis factory told police they knew nothing about it.
A Leicester Crown Court jury was told police raided a house in Lansdowne Road, Leicester, and recovered 350 plants, worth an estimated £100,000.
Four defendants from Leicester – Andrew and Ksenia Thompson, of Aylestone Road, Tony Watson (41), of Winchester Drive, and Gary Williams (41), of New Field Avenue, deny cultivating cannabis between January 26 and March 3, 2009.
Andrew Thompson (47) and Ksenia Thompson (37), who own the property, also deny possessing cannabis with intent to supply.
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Richard Thatcher, prosecuting, said Andrew Thompson claimed he had no knowledge of what was in top-floor flat. He told police: "I did get concerned when I received an electricity bill for £5,000."
He said the top-floor flat was rented to a Polish man and that he had not been able to gain entry.
His wife told police she could not smell the cannabis because of a serious sinus condition.
Watson told police he worked on the first floor soldering items for Andrew Thompson but was unaware of the strong smell.
Williams said he became aware of what had happened when he saw police vehicles at the property.
The trial continues.