20th Jul, 2019

Curfew for growing £1k cannabis

Worcester Editorial 30th Sep, 2015 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

A MAN who grew cannabis plants with the estimated street value of £1,000 has walked away with a curfew.

Andrew Neil Johnson, of Sansome Place, pleaded guilty at Worcester Magistrates Court, on Friday (September 25) to producing cannabis.

Jackie Rogers, prosecuting, said: “Officers attended the flat to speak to him about neighbour disputes and caught the smell of cannabis. They entered the living room and saw a number of cannabis cuttings hung up drying in what was obviously a designated drying room.

“From the blankets and cushions that were there it looked like he had been sleeping there and the bedroom was being used for growing cannabis and had no bed in it.

“The cannabis was described as being 110 grams with a street of between £600 and £1,100 and in addition thee was cannabis cuttings on the kitchen counter worth £250.

“Electric scales, and other growing type equipment were seized. a phone was also seized and when interviewed he made no comment when asked about the cannabis he had grown and why. The phone was then analysed, there were several texts between February and and May and July this year indicating dealing in cannabis.”

Defence solicitor Sam Lamsdale, said: “In terms of texts, there are eight messages where people are asking him for drugs, there was no response from him.

“His instructions are that it was his first grow, there was one cannabis plant which had matured and he had just harvested it.”

District Judge Nigel Cadbury said: “People aren’t going to be asking unless there’s cause for a sale.

“It’s taken over your house, the whole bedroom and your living room.”

Johnson was given an eight week curfew from 7pm until 6am, he was also ordered to pay £85 in prosecution costs, a £180 court charge and a £60 victim surcharge.

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