A father of three has been jailed after police seized cannabis plants worth £6,000 following a raid on his family home.
Adam Mcelhatton was given a two-year sentence after pleading guilty to a number of offences following the discovery at the property on Sunny Avenue, South Elmsall.
Leeds Crown Court heard police went to the property on October 31 last year and discovered nine plants growing in an outbuilding next to the house.
Camille Morland, prosecuting, said the plants were capable of producing three crops each year of around one kilogram.
She added the total annual yield of the class B drugs would be worth around £6,000.
The prosecutor said there was evidence within the building of previous crops and some of the cannabis had been left out to dry.
The building was fitted with heating and growing equipment and the electricity meter had been bypassed.
Ms Morland said a total of £3,360 worth of electricity had been illegally abstracted.
Officers also seized a large amount of cash from Mcelhatton’s home.
Two of his mobile phones were seized and found to contain text messages which indicated he had been supplying the drug to friends and acquaintances. There were ten messages found which referred to him selling the drug by the ounce.
There was also evidence of him contacting three or more other people to tell them he had cannabis for sale.
Mcelhatton was arrested and admitted growing the cannabis but initially claimed it was all for his own use.
He pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis with intent to supply, producing cannabis, abstracting electricity and possession of criminal property. Daniel Smith, mitigating, said Mcelhatton had no previous convictions, was from a “respectable” family and had a responsible job.
Mr Smith urged judge Clark to give his client credit for pleading guilty at an early stage.
Mr Smith said: “He has been smoking cannabis since the age of 14 and graduated to growing it. He produced three crops over a ten month period.”
Jailing Mcelhatton, judge Clark said: “This is serious offending.”
Mcelhatton will now face another investigation under the Proceeds of Crime Act and will face another court hearing later this year.