Suspended sentence for dealer who grew his own cannabis

A DRUG dealer who grew thousands of pounds worth of cannabis in his loft has avoided an immediate prison sentence.

Wayne Cohen had plants worth £5,000 when police searched his home on May 24 last year. Bolton Crown Court heard that Cohen, aged 28, had been smoking the drug since he was 12.

In 2004 he was sentenced to four years in prison for possession with intent to supply heroin.

The court was told he was producing the cannabis because he was struggling to afford to buy it.

Amanda Johnson, defending, said: “He was spending a large amount of money on cannabis. It took over his life and it was against that background that he involved himself in this enterprise.”

Cohen, of Colmore Street, Tonge Moor, pleaded guilty to three counts of supplying cannabis and one count of producing the drug at an earlier hearing.

Yesterday Judge Elliot Knopf sentenced him to a 12-month prison sentence, suspended for two years,, and ordered him to carry out 250 hours unpaid work.

via : The Bolton News

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