Four men have been sentenced to prison for a total of nine years after police uncovered an industrial-scale cannabis farm at a property in Droylsden.

Police found £670,000 worth of cannabis at Gartside Farm, Sunnyside Lane, Droylsden, in February 2021.

Now, four men have been jailed for 27 months each for their roles in the cannabis farm.

Alban Xhika, Erin Canaj, Andri Koci and Saimir Doda, all of no fixed abode, were all sentenced at Minshull Street Crown Court on Tuesday.

After police performed an in-depth search on the farm for over 10 hours, they found a total of 715 cannabis plants valued at close to £700,000.

Police seized equipment inclduing three industrial-sized generators.

The raid was part of Operation Challenger, an operation dedicated to tackling organised crime across Greater Manchester.

Detective constable Rick McIvor, of Tameside's Operation Challenger unit, said: "This was a very sophisticated and large-scale operation and it took officers hours to search through the farm removing plants and equipment.

"Exposing and removing this quantity and cannabis marks another positive step forward in our work to disrupt the activity of organised criminals who seek to profit from the sale of illegal drugs."