POLICE discovered a cannabis farm capable of producing over £40,000 of the class B drug when they were called to a house in Leeds, a court heard.
Officers discovered 113 plants growing on the upper floors of the property when they went to Bentley Lane, Meanwood, on October 9 last year.
Nick Adlington, prosecuting, told Leeds Crown Court the officers attended the address to deal with a separate incident but saw evidence of cannabis production when they looked through a window.
Pawel Cup, 31, was seen leaving the premises and was detained at the scene by the officers. Mr Adlington said police then received information that a second man, Przemyslaw Nowak, 34, was also linked to the property.
He was arrested a short time later after his description was circulated in the local area.
The plants were capable of producing £43,000 of cannabis.
Both men’s fingerprints were found on growing equipment within the property.
They initially refused to comment but later accepted that they had been paid to look after the cannabis farm.
Mr Adlington said it was accepted that the pair had been involved as ‘gardeners’ on behalf of other people who set up the farm.
Both men, of Trentham Avenue, Beeston, pleading guilty to production of cannabis.
They were given 20 week jail sentences, suspended for 12 months, and both ordered to do 180 hours unpaid work.
Recorder Ray Singh said: “You still played an important role in the chain of production of cannabis because without gardeners this enterprise would fail.”