Man jailed for 20 months for growing cannabis

Police raided the Branson home after it was found to be using 10 times the electricity of its neighbours

Police raided the Branson home after it was found to be using 10 times the electricity of its neighbours

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A 43-YEAR-OLD has been jailed after a cannabis factory capable of producing up to £43,500 worth of the drug a year was found at his home.

Jeffrey Hunt, of Westfield Road, Benson, near Wallingford, pleaded guilty to producing cannabis and received a 20-month prison sentence yesterday.

His partner, 41-year-old Lisa Crook, was convicted of one count of permitting use of premises for supply of the Class B drug and was given a community order.

Naomi Perry, prosecuting, said police raided the couple’s Benson home on August 22 last year after it was found to be using 10 times the electricity of its neighbours.

She said officers found cannabis plants growing in a stand-alone brick-built garage behind a false wall, as well as in a shed.

Miss Perry said Hunt, a former truck driver who now works for a drainage company, had built a “fully operational hydroponics factory for the production of cannabis”.

The barrister added that Hunt had previous convictions for burglary, theft and drugs offences.

Lucy Tapper, defending Hunt, said he had not made anything like as much profit from the factory as the prosecution asserted.

She said: “Mr Hunt regards this as a wake-up call and he won’t be committing any further offences.”

Tomas Quinn, defending Crook, said she had suffered from depression and regretted turning a blind eye to Hunt’s behaviour.

Judge Patrick Eccles told Hunt: “You made the decision to embark on this and fit out your garage and shed for this activity.”

He handed Crook a six-month curfew and ordered her to pay £500 costs.

 

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8:19am Sat 19 Jul 14

Myron Blatz says...

And yet the tobacco companies aren't sent to prison or fined. Seems injustice being done here - but then, at the moment local councils or government don't charge massive taxes on the growing and use of cannabis ..... though that could all change if they decriminalise cannabis as a way of compensating for loss in tax revenue from fags, when eventially banned.
And yet the tobacco companies aren't sent to prison or fined. Seems injustice being done here - but then, at the moment local councils or government don't charge massive taxes on the growing and use of cannabis ..... though that could all change if they decriminalise cannabis as a way of compensating for loss in tax revenue from fags, when eventially banned. Myron Blatz
  • Score: 6

9:55am Sat 19 Jul 14

CVA420 says...

The sooner cannabis is legally regulated the better. Our current system of prohibition has been nothing less than an expensive, indefensible failure. Under a legal scheme, thousands of taxable jobs would be created, helping to massively boost our economy. It would also allow our police and court systems to focus on real crime, such as murder and assault.

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The sooner cannabis is legally regulated the better. Our current system of prohibition has been nothing less than an expensive, indefensible failure. Under a legal scheme, thousands of taxable jobs would be created, helping to massively boost our economy. It would also allow our police and court systems to focus on real crime, such as murder and assault. Cannabis Volunteer Association (CVA) facebook.com/thecva4 20 - thecva420.org CVA420
  • Score: 9

3:31pm Sat 19 Jul 14

oafie says...

A 43-YEAR-OLD has been jailed after a cannabis factory capable of producing up to £43,500 worth of the drug a year was found at his home.


How skewed our laws are, there are numerous offences being committed- with multi agency involvement working toward getting people to comply with the law. Yet this man is jailed on what- that theoretically his crop could have produced a certain amount of money.

As for his electricity bill- I wish someone would investigate why my electricity bill is ten times that of my neighbours? Oh yes-it is because I have stupid electric heating, running on peak rate- installed by my landlords! Good for them-as it means no maintenance-for me it means paying 3000 a year even to keep the place marginally unfrozen!
A 43-YEAR-OLD has been jailed after a cannabis factory capable of producing up to £43,500 worth of the drug a year was found at his home. How skewed our laws are, there are numerous offences being committed- with multi agency involvement working toward getting people to comply with the law. Yet this man is jailed on what- that theoretically his crop could have produced a certain amount of money. As for his electricity bill- I wish someone would investigate why my electricity bill is ten times that of my neighbours? Oh yes-it is because I have stupid electric heating, running on peak rate- installed by my landlords! Good for them-as it means no maintenance-for me it means paying 3000 a year even to keep the place marginally unfrozen! oafie
  • Score: 8

7:05pm Sat 19 Jul 14

Doctor69 says...

Spend more time catching the Asian sex gangs and other Nonces. Leave the stoners alone!
Spend more time catching the Asian sex gangs and other Nonces. Leave the stoners alone! Doctor69
  • Score: 3

9:33am Tue 22 Jul 14

cornflake girl says...

I agree if you want to grow it for your personal use then so be it, but the turnover in money this guy was making by SELIING DRUGS which is funnily enough illegal, however harmless you think. You cant honestly beleive that a cannabis factory was for his own use.
Maybe this will teach the drug dealers a lesson drugs will not be tolerated. Dealers need to be dealt with.
I agree if you want to grow it for your personal use then so be it, but the turnover in money this guy was making by SELIING DRUGS which is funnily enough illegal, however harmless you think. You cant honestly beleive that a cannabis factory was for his own use. Maybe this will teach the drug dealers a lesson drugs will not be tolerated. Dealers need to be dealt with. cornflake girl
  • Score: 1

4:33pm Tue 22 Jul 14

cornflake girl says...

Duggies are druggies .
Duggies are druggies . cornflake girl
  • Score: 0

11:49pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Dr Martin says...

stoners are out in force i see
stoners are out in force i see Dr Martin
  • Score: 0

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