Get involved! Send your photos, video, news & views by texting HL NEWS to 80360 or e-mail us
Suspended prison sentence for Oldbury cannabis grower
5:26pm Wednesday 13th March 2013 in News
A CANNABIS farm had been started at the home of an Oldbury man when the Jobcentre stopped his benefits, a court heard.
Recorder Balbir Singh Bathia sentenced Adrian Brown to six months in jail, suspended for 18 months, after telling him it was a "fairly basic but determined" system clearly set up to grow the controlled drug.
He said the 31-year-old had conceded he would have sold some of the cannabis but ruled he was able to allow him to keep his freedom because he was a man with no drug-related previous convictions.
Brown, of Alfred Gunn House, Thompson Road, admitted producing cannabis and also abstracting a quantity of electricity after diverting the power supply in his flat.
Alka Brigue, prosecuting, told Wolverhampton Crown Court police officers found 18 cannabis plants being grown inside a tent at the flat.
There was a full hydroponic system for the plants, which were five or six weeks away from harvesting, and when interviewed Brown told the officers he had grown the drugs to smoke and to sell.