A man found hiding behind the shower curtain in a house used as a £530k cannabis factory has been jailed.

And police have appealed for information about two other men in connection with their investigation. 

Police seized drugs with a street value of up to £530,000 after raiding a house in Algers Road, Loughton, on March 4.

When officers broke down the door they found three of the downstairs rooms and four upstairs rooms contained cannabis plants as well as drugs and growing equipment, with more plants in the loft.

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There were also indications someone had been sleeping in the house and Dionis Xhixha, 24, was found hiding behind the shower curtain.

Xhixha was sentenced to six months in jail when he appeared at Chelmsford Crown Court on June 14, after previously admitting to being concerned in the production of cannabis.

Epping Forest Guardian: Cannabis factory in Algers Road Cannabis factory in Algers Road

The plants will now be destroyed.

Essex Police are now looking to speak to two more men in connection with the cannabis factory.

The two men, Vate Kolndreu, 29, and Bledi Shyti, 39, are both known to frequent Essex, Suffolk and the wider east of England area.

Epping Forest Guardian: Vate Kolndreu and Bledi ShytiVate Kolndreu and Bledi Shyti

Detective Constable Adelisa Poric said: “We have prevented a significant amount of cannabis from reaching the streets of Essex.

“The trade in illegal drugs, no matter which class they are in, is inextricably linked to violence, fear and misery for vulnerable people and it also affects whole communities.”

Essex Police say they also prevented a further £600,000 in drugs from reaching the streets of Essex just a fortnight earlier.

Epping Forest Guardian: Mattress in the cannabis factory in Algers RoadMattress in the cannabis factory in Algers Road

A drugs courier was stopped by officers while transporting cocaine into Essex on the M25 on April 20.

Detective Inspector Yoni Adler of the Serious and Organised Crime Unit said: “The message is clear; if you are intent on supplying drugs in Essex, or into Essex, you will be caught and you will be punished.”