Two charged after drugs warrants in Shoeburyness

Two men have been charged with producing a Class B drug after officers executed a warrant in the Southend district.

On the morning of Tuesday November 28, officers in the Southend Community Policing, Operation Policing Command and Chemical, Biological, Radioactive and Nuclear teams attended an industrial unit in Vanguard Way, Shoeburyness.

Two men were arrested and almost 1,000 cannabis plants were seized with an estimated value of £320,000.

Now, 39-year-old Klodian Malaj, of Vanguard Way, Shoeburyness, and 33-year-old Leando Vila, of no fixed address, have been charged with producing a Class B drug.

Both appeared at Southend-on-Sea Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 30 November and have been remanded in custody.

Inspector Jane Childs of the Southend Community Policing Team said: “This is a huge volume of drugs to take off the streets of Southend and Essex, made possible thanks to members of the public providing vital intelligence to support our officers.”

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