Leeds man jailed over cannabis farm he set up to pay mounting debts

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An out-of-work joiner who was caught with enough cannabis plants to produce £120,000 of the drug in a year has been sent to prison.

Keith Daniel, 53, was given a two year sentence after police found 172 plants growing in every room of his house on St Ives Mount, Armley.

Officers also found 119 small plants growing in an incubator in preparation for another crop at the West Leeds property.

Leeds Crown Court heard the mature plants were capable of producing £39,942.

Experts estimated around £120,000 worth of the class B drug was capable of being produced in a year.

The court heard Daniel became involved in the illegal enterprise after he fell ill and was unable to continue working as a joiner.

He then agreed to have the cannabis farm set up in his home after building up debts.

Judge Geoffrey Marson, QC, told Daniel: “You played a significant role.

“The quantity here is such and the sophistication is such that nothing other than immediate custody can be justified.

“Those who become involved in enterprises on this scale must understand that custody will follow.”

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