Man who allowed house to be used to grow cannabis receives suspended sentence

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A man who allowed a Stowmarket House to be used for growing cannabis has been given a suspended prison sentence.

Barry Copeland, 55, of Union Street, Onehouse, appeared at Ipswich Crown Court on Thursday July 2 and pleaded guilty to permitting the use of premises for the production of cannabis.

Imposing a six month prison sentence suspended for two years, Mr Recorder Christopher Makey also ordered him to complete 180 hours of unpaid community work.

The court heard how police had raided an address in Union Street, Stowmarket owned by Copeland on November 5 last year they discovered three upstairs rooms being used to cultivate cannabis.

Chris Youell, prosecuting, said that in total 218 cannabis plants in various stages of growth were seized by officers.

An expert had estimated that if harvested and sold, the cannabis could have realised between £48,000 and £119,00 depending on whether it was offered in street deals or sold in bulk.

Mr Youell said that during the police raid a Vietnamese woman was detained at the house but since being given bail she had disappeared.

Copeland is to face a further hearing later this year under the Proceeds of Crime Act with the aim of recouping as much as possible of what he gained from his offending.