Man fined £400 for growing 11 cannabis plants

Simon Gale was fined �400 for growing 11 plants at his home in Onehouse
Simon Gale was fined �400 for growing 11 plants at his home in Onehouse
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A man has been fined £400 for setting up a cannabis factory in his home.

Simon Joe Gale, 42, of Forest Road, Onehouse, pleaded guilty to producing 11 plants of the class B drug when he appeared at Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

Prosecuting, Alan Wheetman said police officers carried out a search of Gale’s home on November 30 last year after forcing open the front door. When inside they discovered grow lights and tents in one of the bedrooms.

He said: “Officers found young cannabis plants at two stages of growth.”

Police found also found 14.2g of drying plants, 9.3g of dry leaves and 33.4g of skunk cannabis – a more potent form of the drug.

Mr Wheetman told the court when officers arrived at Gale’s place of work to arrest him he said: “What, just for a few plants?”

In interview, Dale told police he was growing the cannabis for his own personal use.

He told police he smoked betweeen 25g to 30g of cannabis a week and enjoyed a smoke in the evening with a glass of wine.

In mitigation, David Stewart said that the police had accepted that the plants were for for Gale himself and not for a commercial supply.

Gale was fined £400, told to pay court costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £15.

Magistrates ordered the drugs and growing equipment to be forfeited and destroyed.

Sgt Kieron Pederick, from Mid Suffolk South Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “It is important to highlight that information about cannabis production mainly comes from the local community.

“We will continue to put pressure on those involved with drugs in and around the Mid-Suffolk area and residents can be reassured that information which is passed onto officers will be acted on.”

Call police on 101 or crime stoppers on 0800 555 111 with information.