A 51-YEAR-OLD man who has committed 159 previous offences has been jailed for cultivating cannabis worth up to £76,800.
Andrew Ernest Louis and his 53-year-old accomplice Ian Monteith Manson grew the drugs in two locations in St Saviour – a wooded area in the grounds of St Saviour’s Hospital and in a derelict glasshouse in Rue du Tapon, the Royal Court heard yesterday.
Manson was given an 18-month prison sentence, suspended for two years.
Outlining the case, Advocate Carla Carvalho, prosecuting, said the States police were alerted to the operation by a staff member at the hospital, who had seen two men acting suspiciously within the grounds on 29 September 2021, and then left the area in a silver car.
Officers found a grow site in a nearby wooded area – with two cannabis plants standing seven-feet tall – and used a hidden camera to identify Manson and Louis visiting and tending to the plants.
Both were arrested on 4 October. While at Manson’s home officers discovered more cannabis.