Two Charged over Cannabis Grow at Former Pub

Two men have been charged after officers discovered a cannabis grow at a well-known former pub in Burslem.

Officers from Stoke-on-Trent Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT) attended The Leopard on Market Place, at 11.40am on Monday (17 January) following reports of suspicious activity.

They discovered approximately 12 mature cannabis plants and 100 seedlings.

Two men, aged 37 and 57, were arrested a short time later on suspicion of producing a controlled class B drug.

Granit Gjyriqi, aged 37 and Anton Lleshi, aged 57, of no-fixed-address were later each charged with one count of the offence and remanded in custody.

They are due to appear before magistrates at North Staffordshire Justice Centre later today.

Inspector Hayley Eaton of Stoke-on-Trent North NPT, said: “We are committed to carrying out proactive work in our communities and to do all we can to disrupt the supply of drugs in Stoke-on-Trent.

“As part of the Neighbourhood Policing Week of Action we targeting crimes and issues of the highest concern for local people in the neighbourhoods in which they live and work.”

Tony Walley
News & Sport Editor

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