Cannabis plants found following burglary nearby

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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.