Cannabis grower in Bury St Edmunds must pay £55,855 Ipswich Crown Court rules

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A man who was caught growing cannabis at his Bury St Edmunds home has been ordered by a judge to hand over more than £55,000.

Adrian Bates, 34, was given a suspended prison sentence when he appeared at Ipswich Crown Court in July last year.

At a Proceeds of Crime Act hearing on Tuesday Judge Rupert Overbury heard that specialist financial investigators had established that Bates’ benefit from his offending amounted to £55,855.

Bates, who had available assets of £67,000, was ordered by Judge Overbury to hand over the full £55,855 within the next six months, and warned that failure to do so would result in 18 months imprisonment.

During sentencing the court heard that police found two bedrooms at his terraced home in Boby Road being used to grow cannabis.

One contained 53 plants and the other 35 together with lamps, extractor fans, transformers, fans and timers.

When interviewed Bates refused to answer police questions but later pleaded guilty to production of a class B drug.

Bates, now of Sebert Road, was sentenced to two years imprisonment suspended for two years.