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Wednesday, February 26, 2014
A 26-year-old man has been jailed six months after he set up a cannabis factory with 35 plants in a rented house in Necton, near Swaffham.
A man, who rented a house in Necton, which he then turned into a cannabis factory has been jailed for six months.
Sean Riley, 26, rented the property in Ketts Hill, for £990 a month but never moved into the address but instead used three rooms to grow 35 cannabis plants, Norwich Crown Court heard.
Martin Ivory, prosecuting, said the plants had a potential street value of £13,260 to £17,680.
Mr Ivory said police raided the address in July, last year, after the landlord and neighbours became suspicious about the address, which had the windows blacked out and had no one living at the property.
When Riley was arrested he claimed he had been growing the cannabis for medical reasons and said it was for his personal use.
Riley, of Churchill Court, Dereham, admitted production of cannabis.
Jailing him, Judge Anthony Bate said it was not a large-scale operation and said the trail had led straight to Riley as the tenant of the property.
John Morgans, for Riley, said that he was remorseful for what he had done and said it was not the “most professional” type of operation.
He said that Riley had suffered an injury and had started taking cannabis to help.
He said that Riley was of previous good character, and had changed his drug use since his arrest.
“He has had real fears about this case.”