Cannabis grower jailed for two years

A cannabis grower who admitted cultivating 14 plants in the roof space of his then girlfriend’s home has been jailed for two years. First-time grower Jonathan Wylie (38) pleaded guilty at Londonderry Crown Court to cultivating the plants and guilty to possessing cannabis and possessing the cannabis with intent to supply it. A prosecution barrister said police officers found the plants when they searched the home of Wylie’s then girlfriend’s at St Canice’s Mews in Eglinton on June 16 of last year.

Wylie, from Dunverne Gardens in Eglinton, had bought the seeds over the internet. Police also found a book in the house called Indoor Marijuana Horticulture. The plants were found in a purpose-built compartment lined with silver sheets and containing two lamps. Judge Piers Grant was told it was the first cannabis crop Wylie had grown and that the cannabis was for his own use and to give to his friends on a non-commercial basis.

The plants, which had a potential yield of 40 grams each, were valued at £5,600. A defence barrister told the court that Wylie’s drugs addiction had escalated after he lost his job four years ago. When drugs became too expensive to purchase, he then decided to cultivate the cannabis plants.
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