Lakenheath man handed suspended sentence

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A Lakenheath man who grew cannabis has been given a suspended prison sentence.

A Lakenheath man who grew his own cannabis has been given a suspended prison sentence.

Karl Jones, 26, was today also ordered by a judge at Ipswich Crown Court to be subject to a drug rehabilitation order, last Friday (22).

He had pleaded guilty to production of the class B drug cannabis and received a four month prison sentence suspended for 12 months during which time he will remain under Probation Service supervision.

The court heard how police with a search warrant had gone to Jones’ home at Mutford Green in November.

Prosecutor Michael Crimp said a growing operation involving hydroponic cultivation equipment, lighting and extractor fans had been set up.

Inside the property officers found 27 cannabis plants and found evidence that 11 others had recently been harvested.

When interviewed, Jones told police that he had a heavy cannabis habit and was growing the drug for his own use.

Mr Crimp said there was no evidence that Jones had been supplying cannabis to anyone else.

The court heard that a pre-sentence report prepared by the Probation Service indicated that Jones wanted to address his long term cannabis use and had asked for help.

Sentencing him, Judge Rupert Overbury warned Jones that if he failed to comply with any of the conditions attached to his sentence he could expect to be sent into immediate custody.