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Men charged after £1m cannabis grow discovered at Mapperley property

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Two men have appeared in court after police found around £1m worth of cannabis growing in a residential property in Mapperley.

Officers forced entry to an address in Lucknow Drive shortly before 11.30am on Thursday (September 9). 

Inside they found a large-scale cannabis grow, with around 1,400 mature plants crammed into multiple rooms across the detached property.

Jevgenij Babkov, 24, and Noyus Kastenas, 20, both of Lucknow Drive, have been charged with the production of a class B drug.

They appeared at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court on Saturday morning and were remanded in custody. They will next appear at Nottingham Crown Court on October 4.

Inspector Karl Thomas, local area commander for Nottinghamshire Police, said: “Targeting drug related crime is a key local priority for us. That’s because the trade in illegal drugs has very serious consequences in our communities – not only for the people who use and deal in them, but also for local residents who are put at risk by associated violent crimes.

“We would ask anyone with suspicions about properties in their area to make us aware as soon as possible.”

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