A 27-YEAR-OLD who rented two properties which were turned into cannabis farms capable of creating up to £90,000 worth of deals has been jailed for 32 months. John Bradbury, of Cumberland Street, Latchford, had first taken on a tenancy at a Hatchmere Close property, in Whitecross, in August last year. Warrington Crown Court heard on November 9 last year the police were called to the property and described a strong smell of cannabis in the area. They returned with a warrant later that day just as Bradbury arrived.
Police discovered 53 cannabis plants growing upstairs with specialist growing equipment in place along with 650g of cultivated crop. The total amount of drugs found in the property could have made £35,000 in deals. Peter Hussey, prosecuting, said: “The defendant had then taken the tenancy on at Venns Road on September 23. The landlady says she knew the defendant only briefly through his employer. “In this case the electricity meter had been bypassed, it was being dishonestly extracted.” Police found a second cannabis set up in the Orford property on November 19 with 83 plants growing and the quantity if fully sold could have made £55,000 on the market.
In interview Bradbury refused to comment after the second find but pleaded guilty when he appeared in court on the first appearance. John Barnes, defending, said: “He has had his problems. He had a serious cocaine problem which was really the root of why he got involved in this. “Others were definitely involved [in the operation].” Sentencing him to 32-months in prison to run concurrently over the two counts of producing cannabis, Judge David Hale said: “You’re 27 years of age, you’re minimally convicted, you have a supportive family who think the world of you.
“Cannabis of today is far stronger than the cannabis 30-40 years ago. This is very high in its concentrate, it has consequences certainly for people who smoke a lot. “The sentences have gone up because of the danger of the use of cannabis on any scale.”
via : ThisIsCheshire
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