TV gang­ster jailed in real life drug ring

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AN AC­TOR who played gang­sters in films and TV crime shows was jailed for eight years for run­ning one of Bri­tain’s big­gest cannabis fac­to­ries.

Des­mond Bayliss, 41, was the head of a gi­ant drugs en­ter­prise in which 800 cannabis plants were grown on a farm in barns the size of two foot­ball pitches.

The hardman – who starred as a crimelord op­po­site Ray Win­stone in an ITV1 cop drama – was a key fig­ure in the real life “or­gan­ised crime” op­er­a­tion.

He was one of 13 men charged af­ter the farm was raided fol­low­ing a five month po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion. De­tec­tives un­cov­ered a com­plex set-up in huge barns at the farm in Cas­tle Bytham near Gran­tham, Lincs with a po­ten­tial an­nual cannabis yield from 800 plants worth around £2.75 mil­lion.

At Stafford Crown Court, Bayliss, from Tox­teth in Liver­pool, was con­victed of con­spir­acy to sup­ply and pro­duce cannabis and will now face a pro­ceeds of crime hear­ing.

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