Cannabis farmer shot at five men he thought were stealing his stash
A CANNABIS farmer shot at five men he thought were trying to steal his stash.
The attack left a 27-year-old man with 100 pellets in his stomach – discovered when he was admitted to the Queen’s Medical Centre with a gunshot wound.
Hospital staff called the police and friends of the man, now 28, reported the incident, which happened in Bramcote Drive, Beeston, on January 4, 2011.
Once at the scene, officers found a dismantled shotgun and spent cartridges.
A further search led to the discovery of 152 cannabis plants at various stages of growth – worth an estimated £26,500.
The drug-making factory, set up on a crop rotational basis, was believed to have been capable of producing up to £8,800 of cannabis.
Occupant David Adlington, 58, was arrested.
He pleaded guilty to the production of cannabis and the abstraction of electricity from the mains supply, but denied GBH and possession of an unlicensed shotgun.
A jury found him guilty at Nottingham Crown Court and he was jailed for seven years last Friday.
Adlington was also acquitted of a third charge of intending to endanger someone’s life.
Detective chief inspector Melanie Bowden led the investigation.
“While the law sometimes empathises rather than condones actions of those who act in defence of their personal safety, it is not the case on this occasion,” she said.
“David Adlington was already a criminal, growing illegal drugs on a large scale. The only thing he was in fear of was that his precious cannabis stash would be stolen, as had happened on a previous occasion. And he was willing to risk the lives of others, as well as his own future, to protect it.
“At no point is there any justification for arming yourself with a gun.
“David Adlington is now facing the consequences of such actions.”
Three other men were also arrested in connection with the incident.
Two were released without further action but the third — David’s brother Paul Adlington, — was charged with the production of cannabis.
The 44-year-old of Beckley Road, Broxtowe, pleaded guilty to the charge and was sentenced alongside his brother to two years in prison.
Following a four-day stay in hospital and surgery, the injured man has made a full physical recovery.
DCI Bowden said: “The dismantling of such a profitable cannabis farm has also removed thousands of pounds of illegal drugs from Nottingham’s streets, as well as disrupted the inevitable crime that comes with drug abuse.
“I am in no doubt that the community is a safer place thanks to the jailing of the Adlington brothers.”
Anyone who suspects someone of being involved in illegal drugs should Notts Police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.