A Glentworth man was jailed for more than three years after growing £85,000-worth of cannabis in a ‘sophisticated factory’ at his home.
Jeffrey Vernon Douglas was sentenced to three years and four months at Lincoln Crown Court on Tuesday.
The 48-year-old admitted growing the drug, with a potential street value of £85,000, after police discovered a ‘sophisticated cannabis growing factory’ at his isolated home in Glentworth, near Gainsborough, during a raid on 20th March 2012.
The Court heard officers found 13 mature cannabis plants in an upstairs bedroom when they executed a search warrant in March last year. A further 62 juvenile plants were in a barn next to the house.
The electricity in the house and barn had also been bypassed to disguise the operation, the court was told.
Andrew Scott, prosecuting, said it was estimated that Douglas, of Northlands Road, Glenworth, usually sold the cannabis for £180 an ounce, giving it a potential street value of £85,000. Douglas appeared in court alongside his 23-year-old son, Brock Eddowes, who admitted supplying a small amount of cannabis grown by his father to ‘one or two friends’.
Analysis of text messages showed Douglas had around ten regular customers including one of his son’s friends, the court was told. Judge Michael Heath sentenced Eddowes to 200 hours of unpaid work in the community after telling him: “Had you not the father you have you would not have been involved in this sort of activity.” Eddowes, of the same address, pleaded guilty to supplying cannabis on just a few occasions.
The court heard Douglas had used a growing tent, silver foil and hydroponic lights to grow the cannabis plants found in the upstairs bedroom of his home. A set of digital scales, bags of nutrients and drying cannabis flower tops were found elsewhere in the property. Mr Scott said the total weight of the 75 cannabis plants and dried material found at the house was 13.25 kilograms.
“There was clear evidence this was not the first grow,” Mr Scott added. “The charge reflects a period of operation for some two years.”
Jeremy Janes, in mitigation, said Douglas took full blame for the operation and was now in poor health due to his longstanding cannabis habit.
Mr Janes added: “He has smoked or more recently eaten cannabis for a number of years.”
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