Leeds father-of-six grew cannabis to ‘pay the rent’

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A LEEDS father-of-six caught growing cannabis plants with a potential street value of £28,000 told police he was cultivating drugs to ‘pay the rent.’

Police discovered a cannabis factory during a raid on March 26 at a house Jason Winn was renting on Lidgett Lane, Gledhow.

A Leeds Crown Court judge jailed Winn, 29, of Ramshead Hill, Seacroft, for two years after he admitted producing cannabis.

Prosecutor, Beth Richardson said officers found 44 cannabis seedlings growing in a wardrobe in the dining room.

A total of 31 medium-sized cannabis plants were found in two bedrooms, along with heating and lighting equipment.

Four small jars of cannabis buds and a cannabis grinder were discovered.

The court heard the plants could have yielded more than three kilos of cannabis with a street value of £28,971.

Miss Richardson said Winn, was arrested after he arrived at the house while police were searching the premises, adding: “He stated to an officer he was growing the cannabis to pay the rent.”

Mitigating, Richard Reed said Winn is a father-of-six children.

Mr Reed said: “He is doing his best to look after those children.

“He is working as a scaffolder now.

“He accepts he can’t continue using cannabis to the level he has in the past.

“He lost his employment and in order to pay the rent, this is something he embarked upon.”

Jailing Winn for two years, Recorder Kate Tulk said: “You admitted you were growing them for financial purposes, to pay the rent.”