An asylum seeker was offered £2,000 a month to tend to a huge cannabis farm in Didsbury.
Ledjo Basha, 25, was a ‘gardener’ at the farm, which was installed in a semi-detached house on Palatine Road.
Police found cannabis with a potential value of £100,000 – and a ‘sophisticated’ set up.
There were 275 cannabis plants, found in five different locations within the building.
Officers also discovered 77 lights, at least ten fans and 76 transformers, prosecutor Saul Brody told Manchester Crown Court.
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The electricity had also been bypassed.
Police forced entry into the property on May 28, and arrested Basha on suspicion of producing cannabis.
In interview, Basha said he had been at the house for less than two months.
The court heard he was a ‘gardener’ and had no involvement in setting up the cannabis farm.
Basha had been offered £2,000 a month for the role, but never received any money, he said.
Mr Brody said the ‘significant’ quantities of cannabis were being grown for ‘commercial’ use.
Basha’s lawyer Eleanor Gleeson said the defendant can’t…