Man spared jail over cannabis production

First published in News

A CONVICTED drug dealer whose DIY cannabis set-up had the capacity to produce two kilos of the drug a year has been spared jail after a judge was persuaded that it had been for his own personal use.

Police found hydroponic lighting and air filter equipment in a back bedroom belonging to Stephen Adams, along with five small cannabis plants and ten saplings.

On a set of scales were 12 brown paper bags containing dried cannabis leaves.

David Crook, prosecuting, told Teesside Crown Court that police raided Adams' home in Varo Terrace, Stockton, on March 4 last year after they arrived with a search warrant.

Mr Crook said the set-up they found had the capacity to produce 45 mature cannabis plants, the equivalent of two kilos of cannabis a year.

He said the cannabis leaves had a street value of £2,900.

Adams, 50, who admitted producing a class B drug, was arrested and denied dealing, stating the cannabis was for his own personal use. He said he smoked two cannabis cigarettes a day to relieve stress.

Adams' barrister Duncan McReddie described how the defendant had now moved to Jersey after his wife took a job there and was effectively a house husband looking after the couple's children.

He said Adams had been tested as being clean of drugs and should be given credit for an early guilty plea.

Adams, who was jailed for seven years in 2001 for drug dealing, was ordered to do 100 hours unpaid work in the community by Judge George Moorhouse, who said he would be supervised for a year by the probation service.

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4:38pm Thu 7 Feb 13

behonest says...

Equivalent to only two bags of sugar in a whole year. Hardly a dealer.

What a waste of court time and our money bringing this case to court.

I suppose all the lawyers and police still get paid by us though, which explains why these ridiculous cases are pursued.
Equivalent to only two bags of sugar in a whole year. Hardly a dealer. What a waste of court time and our money bringing this case to court. I suppose all the lawyers and police still get paid by us though, which explains why these ridiculous cases are pursued. behonest
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4:52pm Thu 7 Feb 13

greenfinger says...

shouldn't have even got to court. waste of time and money. just an easy target for the police stats. judges aren't interested in these cases. they never get prison unless it's absolutely clear they're in the production business. you try making a living with five plants. clueless police!
shouldn't have even got to court. waste of time and money. just an easy target for the police stats. judges aren't interested in these cases. they never get prison unless it's absolutely clear they're in the production business. you try making a living with five plants. clueless police! greenfinger
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5:08pm Thu 7 Feb 13

the-big-yin says...

how many times had he produced 2 kilos of drugs before getting caught?
loads i bet....once a drug dealer always a drug dealer....
how many times had he produced 2 kilos of drugs before getting caught? loads i bet....once a drug dealer always a drug dealer.... the-big-yin
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5:22pm Thu 7 Feb 13

behonest says...

Unless it was just a bit of cannabis for him, his family and friends? No big deal.
Unless it was just a bit of cannabis for him, his family and friends? No big deal. behonest
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1:11pm Sun 24 Feb 13

Pikey-Biker says...

behonest wrote:
Unless it was just a bit of cannabis for him, his family and friends? No big deal.
Not for his own personal use then? The cops will get him next time if dosen't learn his lesson
[quote][p][bold]behonest[/bold] wrote: Unless it was just a bit of cannabis for him, his family and friends? No big deal.[/p][/quote]Not for his own personal use then? The cops will get him next time if dosen't learn his lesson Pikey-Biker
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