Drug grower jailed in £7,600 crop find

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A MAN who ‘harvested’ his own cannabis crop - worth £7,600 - because he feared a police raid has been jailed for a year.

Daniel Fallis, aged 24, of George Street, Worsborough Bridge, Barnsley pleaded guilty to producing cannabis between May and August last year.

Sheffield Crown Court heard police found 19 plastic plant pots which were empty, but for one, and drug production paraphenalia in a search on August 4.

Ian West, mitigating, said: “Through friends he got an inkling that the police might be attending to his place and harvested.

“He was going to further destroy the rest of the set up but the police got there before he did.”

The court heard the estimated street value of the 19 plants was £7,600.

Mr West added Fallis had a ‘significant cannabis habit’ and chose to grow rather than buy it.

“He is frank in his admission that it was his intention to use it for himself but he would have given it to friends and other cannabis users,” he said.

The court heard Fallis had served a previous prison sentence for a violent offence.

Sentencing him, Judge Alan Goldsack QC said: “A total of 19 plants in this case have been harvested before the police arrived with an estimated street value of some £7,500.

“You pleaded guilty on the basis that you were a cannabis user, you would have used most of the cannabis yourself but that you would have passed some on the friends and other users.”