Leeds man had turned loft into lucrative cannabis factory

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POLICE found cannabis plants capable of producing £21,000 worth of the class B drug when they searched a home in Leeds.

Leeds Crown Court heard officers went to Jason Reed’s home on Sedbergh Close, Halton Moor, on June 30 this year to deal with a separate matter.

A total of 18 plants were discovered in the loft area.

The room was fitted with lighting and watering equipment and an extractor fan.

Evidence was also found at the property that Reed had already harvested plants.

Austin Newman, prosecuting, said Reed and his partner were arrested at the property.

He was interviewed about the discovery of the plants but refused to comment at the time.

Reed, 25, now of Wykebeck Avenue, Leeds, later pleaded guilty to producing a class B drug.

The court heard Reed has previous convictions for breaching anti-social behaviour orders and vehicle offences.

John Bachelor, mitigating, said Reed had pleaded guilty to the offences at an early opportunity.

He told the court Reed had looked at YouTube clips for advice on growing the plants and had been given the growing equipment free of charge.

Mr Bachelor said Reed had hoped to be able to fund his £20-£30 per day cannabis habit.

But he accepted that the defendant also expected to make a small profit through the illegal enterprise.

Reed was given an eight month prison sentence, suspended for two years.

He was also ordered to do 200 hours of unpaid community work.

Recorder Toby Hedworth told him: “You knew that you were taking a risk here and were setting up what you regarded as a production device.”

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