Cannabis plants found following burglary nearby
A cannabis growing operation was discovered by police when they were investigating a burglary in a neighbouring house.
A strong smell of cannabis was coming from the cellar of the house in Kings Road, Bury St Edmunds, and a search revealed thousands of pounds worth of the drug under cultivation.
Ipswich Crown Court heard last Thursday that when Tristan Saul, 36, returned home he was arrested and told police: “I’m not going to deny it. I’m growing my own weed.”
Saul pleaded guilty to production of a class B drug and was given four months prison suspended for two years.
Judge David Goodin said: “You had at your home an enterprise that was producing particularly high yields and, in one possible interpretation, more than you could use.”
Christopher Paxton, prosecuting, said the police found 23 mature plants, 24 seedlings and small amounts of cannabis leaf and resin with a street value between £5,200 and £15,250.
After his arrest Saul said he was growing the drug to feed his 20 year addiction which was costing him £150 a fortnight.
Charles Myatt, defending, said there was no evidence Saul had been growing cannabis other than for his own use. He said deposits police found in Saul’s bank account came from his motorcycle repair business.
Saul was also ordered to complete 150 hours unpaid work, remain under supervision for a year and take a thinking skills course.
- Vision reveals fresh detail on plans to develop town
- PCSO in Bury St Edmunds is found dead
- Leaping Hare in Stanton is named Good Food Guide’s readers’ regional restaurant of the year
- Text message reveals relationship with 15-year-old
- Manufacturing firm near Bury St Edmunds which rose to become largest of its kind in UK targets Europe at World showcase
Search for a job
Search for a car
Search for a house
Weather for Bury St Edmunds
Saturday 18 May 2013
Temperature: 7 C to 14 C
Wind Speed: 15 mph
Wind direction: West
Temperature: 8 C to 17 C
Wind Speed: 16 mph
Wind direction: North east