High flying drug lord jailed after huge cannabis factory discovered in Farnham

Friday 4th March 2022 2:47 pm
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Cannabis factory in Aldershot. See SWNS story SWNNcannabis.  A serious organised crime leader, who earned millions by running 12 cannabis factories across the South, has been jailed today. Mustafa Oustha, 39 of Harewood Drive, Northolt, appeared at Guildford Crown Court today (3 March), where he was sentenced to six years eight months in prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to produce cannabis and concealing criminal property. Prior to the sentence, the Judge commented that it was “difficult to envisage a more serious case of production of cannabis.” The sentence follows a large-scale investigation into the rental of 12 industrial units across the South East of England which had been turned into cannabis factories between 2016 and 2021
Mustafa Oustha earned millions by growing vast quantities of cannabis in the UK – including at industrial units in Farnham and Aldershot (pictured) (Surrey Police / SWNS.COM )

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A HIGH flying drug lord was rumbled after a burglary was reported at an industrial estate in Farnham, a court has heard.

Mustafa Oustha was growing £6 million worth of marijuana plants in 12 industrial units across the South East of England to fund his lavish lifestyle.

The 39-year-old had been renting units under five different aliases to throw people off the scent, while investing his dirty money in luxury cars and properties abroad.

But police caught a whiff of his illegal operation after officers investigating a reported burglary at Riverside Park Industrial Estate, off Dogflud Way in Farnham, discovered a large cannabis factory.

Oustha was arrested at his home in Northolt, West London on October 21 last year, where officers discovered £23,700 in cash hidden around the property .

They also found a collection of 18 luxury watches worth an estimated half a million pounds, two luxury cars and a portfolio of properties, in the UK and abroad.

Two more cannabis factories were discovered after police raided addresses in Bicester and Buckinghamshire.

When questioned, Oustha admitted renting the units but claimed he had no idea what they were being used for.

PC Kathryn Sandys said: “Mustafa Oustha really believed he was above the law, orchestrating this huge illegal business to grow cannabis in vast quantities.

“He made attempts to disguise his identity using false names and fake businesses, before posing as a legitimate businessman seeking to rent out industrial units.”

Another cannabis factory run by Oustha was discovered in Aldershot’s Central Industrial Estate last November after he had been charged and remanded into custody.

In total 12 factories, both live and abandoned, were discovered in locations including Hayes, Wokingham and Basingstoke, since 2016.

Oustha of Harewood Drive, Northolt, was sentenced to six years eight months in prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to produce cannabis and concealing criminal property at Guildford Crown Court.

Before sentencing the judge said it was “difficult to envisage a more serious case of production of cannabis”.

Oustha was also given a Serious Crime Prevention Order, with conditions including not being able to own more than one mobile phone.

PC Sandys said: “His activity caused huge financial costs to those he rented these buildings from, with the setup and equipment causing significant damage to each location.

“Not only this but some of the locations were also burgled, bringing more crime to the area in which the cannabis factories were set up.

“His arrest and charge were as a result of an investigation into the rental of the locations by Oustha, and this goes to show that drugs will not be tolerated in Surrey.

“We rely on intelligence from the public in tackling criminality and we are committed to taking positive action against drug activity in Surrey.”

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