Cannabis gardener jailed for 3 years - Luton


A skilled gardener was jailed for 3 years today, Friday, 30 May 2014, after police raided a farm where he was growing cannabis.

Wayne Geraghty, aged 37, was arrested when police raided Hillcrest Farm in Sandy on 13 September last year.

59 mature plants and 46 seedlings were found, along with 1.12 kilos of the drug that was already bagged up, Luton Crown Court heard.  The growing plants had a potential value of between £15,450 and £77,000. The harvested cannabis was worth between £6,000 and £10,000. Another 36 grams of cannabis was found in 54 small plastic bags. A total of £4,640 cash was found.

A mobile phone belonging to a 17-year-old boy, who was also arrested, was seized. Messages on the phone referred to drugs. Terms such as an eighth and a draw were used.

Geraghty, now of Northumberland Park, Tottenham, pleaded guilty to cultivating cannabis and supplying cannabis. A 17-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, also admitted the same charges.

Recorder Patrick Fields described the cannabis farm as a market gardening business. He told father of four Geraghty: "It is clear from testimonials I have received on your behalf that you are a gifted horticulturalist." He said it was inevitable that he should go to prison and jailed him for 3 years.  He sentenced the teenager to a 3 year Youth Rehabilitation Order with 3 years' supervision. He must also carry out 120 hours' unpaid work. As he left the dock the teenager said: "Thank you for the chance," to the judge.

A confiscation hearing will be set at a later date.

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