AN ILLEGAL immigrant who operated a cannabis farm on the outskirts of York is today behind bars.
Leontjef Zenelej, 26, claimed he had been trafficked from his native Albania and forced to work in the secluded house just off Boroughbridge Road.
But after hearing how he had gone sightseeing around England with his girlfriend while tending to the cannabis farm, a jury rejected his claim that he was a modern slave and found him guilty.
Zenelej, of Manchester Street, Rochdale, had denied a charge of producing cannabis between June 15, 2016 and November 19, 2016.
Following his conviction he was remanded in custody to be sentenced with Minazur Rahman at the end of the month.
Rahman, 28, of Mexborough Street, Chapeltown, Leeds, pleaded guilty to allowing the house to be used for growing