Devon cannabis grower jailed

Ben Fox
Ben Fox

A Devon businessman has been jailed after being charged with running a cannabis factory under his father’s farm.

The factory was run from five interlocking shipping containers which were buried under a barn on a farm near Okehampton.

Daniel Palmer, 40, of Petrockstowe, Devon, was found guilty of producing cannabis after a trial in August.

Police had seized skunk with a retail value of £384,000.

Jailing Palmer for six years and three months, Judge Paul Cook at Taunton Crown Court told him he should have known the risks involved.
The factory was housed underneath a barn on the 200-acre Easter Hall Park at Petrockstowe where Palmer ran a business making log cabins.

The entrance to the secret growing area was a trap door concealed by farm machinery and sacks of fertiliser.

When police raided the farm in February 2017 they found drugs vacuum packed into 1kg bags. Palmer claimed items containing his DNA got into the underground chamber by being picked up by the growers who rented land from his father and set up the operation without his knowledge.

Equipment in the underground containers included ventilation, lighting and a spinning machine to dry the cannabis.

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