Grangetown man grew cannabis farm in own home to 'pay off debt'Posted by On

A judge told a court there there is a “significant issue” with people setting up cannabis farms on Teesside.

Judge Jonathan Carroll made the remarks while sentencing Alan Williams for a grow which was discovered inside his home.

Teesside Crown Court heard how police were called to the 49-year-old’s address on Bolckow Road in the Grangetown area of the town on April 8 this year.

Officers found 19 cannabis plants, worth between £5,320 and £15,960, as well as heavy duty plastic sheets, lamps and ventilator extractors.

Dr Chris Wood, prosecuting, told the court: “He accepted he has been the sole occupant of the property for four years.

“The plants were not his, he had been growing them for an unknown male to pay off a debt.”

Dr Wood told the court how Williams said he did not use the drug himself and would not profit from the grow.

Williams of Bolckow Road, Grangetown, admitted producing a controlled class B drug.


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