Police flocked to a cannabis farm after being made aware of their presence by water flowing through the ceiling into a neighboring property.
Derbyshire Police Department forcibly evacuated property on Hartshorne Road in the quiet village of Woodville on March 24 this year following a lead.
Inside, police found a cannabis farm with 28 plants that can produce drugs valued at up to £ 15,000.
After the raid, the landlord discovered that the people behind the farm had bypassed the electricity to keep it running.
At a hearing in the Derby Crown Court on Wednesday November 17th, Andrew Howell of Solihull was convicted of his role in the company after pleading guilty to the manufacture of a Class B controlled drug.
The court heard that Rathlin Croft’s 30-year-old Smiths Wood was involved in an effort to repay a loan.
Recorder Simon Gurney said: “Without your contribution, which has been significant, there could be no operation.
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“You accepted that you were a gardener.
However, Recorder Gurney said he was moved by personal tempering, including the fact that Howell was caring for his parents and two children, with a number of positive testimonials.
The defendant was spared immediate imprisonment and was instead given a six-month suspended prison sentence of twelve months.
He also granted Howell a four-month electronically monitored curfew between 8 p.m. and 7 a.m.
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