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The owner of bespoke furniture manufacturer Halcyon Furniture has been sentenced to jail after it was uncovered that the business was being used to cover up the production and supply of drugs.

Mold Crown Court heard that Simon King, who appeared to be running a furniture business at a unit on the Bromfield Industrial Estate in Mold, was the leader behind an ‘industrial’ cannabis operation along with his partner Maxine Knott and accomplice Lee Alexander.

Both King and Alexander used the premises to house a cannabis farm where police found around 329 plants, estimated to be worth more than £350,000 when it was raided back in January 2017.

An investigation by police also found that over £800,000 had been laundered through Knott’s hair salon business and personal account.

Mr King and Mr Alexander both pleaded guilty to conspiring to produce and supply cannabis between December 2011 and January 2017 as well as money laundering.

Judge Niclas Parry sentenced King, who had two previous convictions for fraud and possessing indecent images of children – with the latter leading to six months in prison back in March 2017, to six years and four months.

Meanwhile, Alexander was sentenced to four years and nine months in jail, with Knott receiving a prison sentence of 14 months. The combined sentences totalled more than 12 years.