Man jailed for cannabis factories - Meppershall

01/06/2015

A Meppershall man caught with small cannabis factories in a bedroom and in his garage was jailed for 2 years today, Monday, 01 June 2015.

Daniel Franco, aged 33,  said he was growing the drug to feed his own habit because he was a very heavy user of the drug. In a basis of plea made at Luton Crown Court he said he was selling the surplus to friends to fund his own use.

Franco of Orchard Close, Meppershall pleaded guilty to possessing cannabis with intent to supply at the start of a trial. He had earlier pleaded guilty to production of cannabis.

Prosecutor Rhodri James said Franco was arrested on 3 November 2013. 2.182 kilos of cannabis with a street value of £20,000 was recovered. There was a growing tent, scales and two boxes of freezer bags used to store the drugs.

Daniel Darnborough, defending, said a defence expert valued the drugs at between only £8,000 and £11,000.

He said his client had a bi-polar condition and mild case depression for a number of years. He had been a heavy user of cannabis, which he took for self-medication.

Mr Darnborough said Franco was now on mood stabiliser and was being supported by his family. He said He was working with his father in a plumbing business and asked the judge to suspend a sentence.

But Recorder Ms Bal Dhaliwal disagreed and sent him straight to jail saying that he had a "financial motive" in growing the cannabis. She said the offences were so serious there could only be an immediate jail sentence.

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