Man jailed for growing cannabis in Peterborough home

Peterborough Crown Court.

Peterborough Crown Court.

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A Peterborough man who grew more than 100 cannabis plants in his own home has been jailed for eight months.

Officers raided the home of Jonathan Willis (42) in Cherry Tree Grove, Dogsthorpe on January 14 this year.

I would be failing in my public duty if I did not send you to custody today.

Judge Tina Landale

They found dozens of cannabis plants and cuttings, and a phone with messages related to dealing.

Today (Thursday) Willis appeared at Peterborough Crown Court, where he was given the eight month sentence after pleading guilty to production of cannabis.

Cheryl Williams, prosecuting, said: “Officers executed the warrant, and found 102 plant cuttings in a side bedroom.

“There were also 26 plans in the loft, although these were in poor health, and were either dying or dead.

“One other plant was also found in a cupboard in a bedroom.

“A drugs officer examined the plants, and gave an estimated value of between £28,500 and £85,500.

“A phone was found and examined, and messages were found which suggested the supply of drugs was taking place.

“The defendant was interviewed, and admitted allowing the plants to be set up, but said they belonged to someone else. He refused to name that person.”

Defending, Davide Carbino said: “He has entered a guilty plea at the first opportunity, and co-operated with police.

“He has only one previous conviction for drugs, for possession of cocaine.

“He has strong support from his family.”

Judge Tina Landale, sentencing, said: “You were motivated by financial advantage. There is no real evidence anyone else was involved.

“I would be failing in my public duty if I did not send you to custody today.”

The drugs and paraphernalia was ordered to be destroyed.