A managing agent for a property in Cardiff has been sentenced after allowing it to be used by an organized crime gang to grow cannabis. Issac Izar, the managing agent for 319 Newport Road, admitted permitting the production of cannabis at the property. By January 2021, the property had a flourishing cannabis grow across eight separate areas and three floors. It was adapted to produce wholesale quantities and contained a total of 572 cannabis plants at various stages of growth. The estimated yield was between 16 and 48 kilograms, with a potential value between £64,000 and £249,000.
The property’s connection to organized crime was revealed through the murder of Tomasz Waga. Waga had travelled to Cardiff from London in an attempt to steal £120,000 worth of cannabis plants. Unbeknownst to him, there was a gardener present at the property who alerted other members of the crime group. Waga was brutally attacked with various weapons, sustaining multiple injuries. His body was later dumped in another location.
Following the murder, three men fled to Albania but were eventually extradited back to the UK and stood trial. Meanwhile, 55-year-old Issac Izar appeared in court. Though not involved in the murder, Izar knowingly allowed the property to be used as a cannabis farm, which ultimately led to Waga’s death. South Wales Police discovered Izar’s connection to the organized crime group during their investigation into the murder.
At sentencing, Izar was given a 21-month prison sentence, suspended for two years. He was also ordered to complete 250 hours of unpaid work. Izar’s defense lawyer emphasized his positive character and lack of previous convictions, highlighting his devotion to his family.
The case highlights the dangers associated with illegal cannabis operations and the role that property owners and managers can play in facilitating such activities. It also serves as a reminder of the tragic consequences that can result from involvement in organized crime.