Man, 26, created cannabis farm to feed habit - court
A Lakenheath man caught growing almost 30 cannabis plants in his home has been told to expect a suspended prison sentence.
Karl Jones, 26, appeared at Ipswich Crown Court on Thursday after pleading guilty to production of the Class B drug at an earlier hearing.
Police executed a search warrant at his Mutford Green home in November and discovered the “reasonably sophisticated” growing operation, said prosecutor Michael Crimp.
Hydroponic cultivation equipment, lighting and extractor fans had been set up. Police seized 27 cannabis plants and found evidence that 11 others had recently been harvested.
Jones was arrested and made full admissions about what he had been doing. When interviewed, he told police he had a heavy cannabis habit and was growing the drug for his own use.
Jones said he had recently harvested the first crop from cannabis planted four months earlier. He said the growing equipment had been given to him by a friend.
Mr Crimp said there was no evidence Jones had been supplying cannabis to anyone else. A pre-sentence report indicated he wanted to address his long-term cannabis use and had asked for help.
Judge Rupert Overbury adjourned sentencing until mid-March to allow an assessment to be prepared for a planned drug rehabilitation order which will involve Jones undergoing regular drug testing.
He warned Jones he was likely to receive a suspended prison sentence linked to a requirement to carry out unpaid community work when he returned to court.
He said Jones would continue to be granted bail until his next court appearance.
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