Man jailed for setting up cannabis factory in his mothers home - St Albans


Lee Weaver set up a cannabis factory in his mother's Potters Bar home after responding to an advert for 'really strong cheese.'

Weaver, 25, understood the advert to refer to cannabis and began growing the drug with the intention of paying off debts of £10,000 to £15,000, St Albans Crown Court heard today, Thursday, 02 January 2014.

Alison Ginn, prosecuting, said the police obtained a warrant and raided Weaver's home in Ashwood Road on 06 September last year. In the second bedroom they found two tents each containing 23 cannabis plants, along with cultivating equipment.  There was nothing in his mother's bedroom, but in Weaver's own room there was a bag of cocaine, along with scales. He also had five mobile phones. There were electricity transformers that could be used to bypass meters, but no evidence they had been used, said the prosecutor.

When questioned, he said he had intended to grow the cannabis to sell onto a friend to clear his debts. The cocaine had a street value of £400 and was for his personal use.

Weaver, 25, of Ashwood Road, Potters Bar, pleaded guilty to producing 46 cannabis plants and possessing 12 grams of cocaine. He had previous convictions for actual bodily harm and affray.

Elaine Stapleton, defending, asked for credit for his guilty plea and said Weaver was not part of any group. "It was his own operation," she said.

Recorder Patrick Fields jailed Weaver for 18 months.

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