Man learnt how to grow cannabis on YouTube

A MAN has pleaded guilty to producing 70 cannabis plants at his home – after learning how to grow them on online video service YouTube.

Robert West, 48, of Hereward Way, Weeting, admitted growing the 70 plants, with a street value of £26,167, at Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.

On February 10, firefighters were called to West’s home address after an overloaded plug caused a small fire.

When they looked around the house they discovered a 20sqft room containing cannabis plants with full hydroponic set-up and lighting.

Prosecuting, Lesla Small said West had learnt how to grow the plants on YouTube.

She said: “The police were called and a search of the property uncovered 70 plants in total. They were sent away for tests – the results were that they were female skunk plants.

“They had an estimated street value of £26,167.

“Mr West was interviewed by police and stated he thought it was a good idea as following his divorce he found himself consuming more cannabis.

“He looked it up on YouTube, how to grow it, and bought the equipment from car boot sales.

“He planted the seeds about six weeks ago and then moved them into the conservatory.

“It had cost him £700 to buy all the equipment.”

Miss Small said there was no evidence to suggest West had grown the plants for anything but personal use.

She said: “They did do an investigation on his mobile phone and there was nothing indicating that this was for financial gain.”

District Judge Celia Dawson sent the case to crown court for sentencing at a later date.

She said: “Due to the scale and value, this court has not got sufficient powers to sentence you.”