Three men have been jailed for six months and face deportation for growing cannabis in a mansion, just yards from Buckingham Palace.
In a bizarre turn of events, an unidentified squatter, believed to have been living in the property, attempted to flee with a stash of the drugs on the same morning.
Jetmir Myrtaj, 29, pleaded guilty to producing the Class B drug at an address in Grosvenor Gardens, Belgravia, on February 17.
The £15 million property – less than 50 metres from the Queen’s London residence – was raided by police and around 30 bags of cannabis discovered.
Officers gave chase as the squatter dropped the bag and fled.
The scene was filmed by members of the 'Autonomous Nation of Anarchist Libertarians', a group of activists who were squatting in a seven-storey property opposite.
As the cameraman, along with a group of squatters, approached the site of the farm, he could be heard to say: “Shall we go and see what’s inside?”
As soon as they got to the entrance, a squatter emerged with the bag and the cameraman said: “Oh, ho, what do we have here? Just run. run, run.
“Oh, it’s all going down, oh sh*t!”
At the time of the raid Scotland Yard said a police officer was injured as a scuffle ensued.
A Metropolitan Police spokeswoman said no one had been arrested over attempts to steal evidence.
Myrtaj, who appeared at Southwark Crown Court via video-link from prison and spoke through an Albanian translator, was sentenced to six months in prison and warned by the judge that he faces deportation.