up to 4 years in prison after finding 1,100 cannabis plants ready to be planted in Saumo’s forest

Six people, two French and four Albanians – three are absent – ​​were summoned before the Bordeaux Criminal Court on Friday 25 November. These budding farmers obviously didn’t have a green thumb when a first seed failed.

The mystery of the file: recruitment. None had any ties to the Southwest. An accused chooses to remain silent and even disputes the evidence of his arrest at the scene of the wild plantation. Another admits to giving orders but without directing. One explains that he was recruited to plant tomatoes!

“With fast-growing plants, they planned several shoots per year, without hesitating to occupy the public domain. It was a carefully thought-out operation”, demonstrates the first deputy prosecutor Mathieu Fohlen, making the chronology of the trips to the Netherlands to find seeds and plants and equipment purchases.

“Your decision must reflect their audacity and persistence in their plans,” he concludes in a play on words, asking for a two-year suspended sentence for the two who did only “handling and manual work” – they will be sentenced to 24 months in prison. in prison, 18 of which are suspended – for 4 and 5 years against the two Frenchmen and the two Albanians, suspected of having acquired the feet.

“The Forced Joint”

Me Bérangère Pageot defends Francis Muller, who does not speak Albanian, “so he did not intend to create this association of criminals. He is just a bad gardener. “The initial operation was not completed, this shows a certain amateurism”, argues Me Jennifer Prigent, lawyer for Vilson Shahaj, the only Albanian present, who accuses the French.

He makes holes, he bivouacs, he has no money on him, but he wanted to be a team leader? Rather, it is a hair that fell in the Albanian root, the forced link in this file. The arrest was a relief, he couldn’t stand being manipulated, carried around, presented as a passport. »

“He makes holes, he bivouacs, he has no money on him, but he wanted to be the team leader?”, indignant Me Alexandre Novion, “converted” to the sincerity of his client Arnaud Morel. “Rather, it is a hair that fell in the Albanian root, the forced link in this file. His qualities as an ordinary man worked against him. The arrest was a relief, he could not bear to be manipulated, carried around, presented as a passport .”

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