West Sussex brothers jailed for drug haul

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TWO brothers who grew more than 100 cannabis plants at their home have been jailed for five years between them.

Randy and Darren Valler were caught after police, acting on a tip-off from the public, raided their home in Drove Lane, in Earnley near Chichester.

Officers discovered crops of the class B drug being grown in sheds at the property.

Experts say the drugs had the potential to yield 2kg of cannabis with a street value of nearly £14,000.

Randy Valler, 43, and Darren, 46, were arrested and pleaded guilty to a charge of producing cannabis.

There was no evidence to suggest the brothers were dealing cannabis, but both men took ‘leading roles’ in growing the drugs, police said.

The brothers were each sentenced to two-and-a-half years behind bars when they appeared at Chichester Crown Court.

Detective Constable David Midgley from Chichester CID welcomed the sentences, and urged residents to continue to shop people they suspect of committing crime.

Det Con Midgeley said: ‘This investigation was intelligence led, which resulted in a potentially large crop of cannabis being seized. I would encourage residents to keep contacting us with tip offs when they are aware of acts of criminality and we will tenaciously pursue any offenders.

‘The sentences reflect how seriously the court take these matters and should act as a strong deterrent to those who wish to commit crimes in Sussex.’