Landscaper Darryl Millward set up his own cannabis-growing operation – to avoid having to buy from drug-dealers.
Police raided the 27-year-old’s home in Milton and found eight cannabis plants in the loft.
Magistrates at North Staffordshire Justice Centre heard the plants were valued at £2,000.
Prosecutor Sabrina Naz said: “Police executed a search warrant at the defendant’s home address. He was the sole occupant.
“Police found in the loft area a total of eight mature plants being grown there, which they seized. Two ounces of cannabis vegetation was also found in two plastic bags.
“The defendant was interviewed. He said he set up the cannabis production intending to grow his own plants so he didn’t have to buy it from anyone else. He said the production was for his own use and denied sharing or selling any cannabis.”
Millward, of Sapphire Drive, Milton, pleaded guilty to producing cannabis and possessing cannabis. He has one previous conviction from 2012 for a football-related offence.
Stephen Oldham, mitigating, said: “Mr Millward was fully co-operative with police and made full admissions. His previous conviction was alcohol-related. He realised he and alcohol do not mix so he swapped his poison. While cannabis doesn’t get him into trouble with violence, it is illegal.
“He set it up because he thought he would save money and not have to buy from dealers. These were the first plants he had produced. It cost him £1,000 to buy the equipment which the police seized.”
Magistrates fined Millward £350 and ordered him to pay £185 court costs and a £35 victim surcharge.
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