A man who grew over £23,000 worth of cannabis at a Denbigh farm has been jailed for fourteen months.
Police found 85 plants behind a concealed barn door on Bwlch y Gynog Farm in Saron following a tip off – Paul Evans from Liverpool pleaded guilty to producing the cannabis. The 50 year-old from Stockbridge Village he was acting the influence of others.
Mold Crown Court heard officers visited Evans at his rented home last July. He invited them to look around and said ”well done, you’ve found it” when the cannabis was discovered.
The plants had been growing in a hydroponic system. Prosecutors claimed that 92 plants had been found but they accepted Evans’ basis of plea that 85 were found.
Evans said he lived alone and had to rely on his parents because he couldn’t afford the rent and had been put in touch with a dealer. He became a scapegoat when a first smaller crop had failed and felt under pressure to grow more.
The defence said Evans had conceded he would be jailed, having served previous convictions for drug trafficking and production, but he had little power to influence those he was working for and although he would make money, he felt under some duress. They added police had accepted others had funded the drug operation.
Sentencing Evans, Judge Peter Heywood told him that his sentence had been based on his guilty plea, accepting that he had been put under a degree of pressure by others.
Source: Daily Post