Police stumbled on £14,000 cannabis farm in Leeds

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POLICE found cannabis worth almost £2,000 during a raid at a house in Leeds before stumbling on a £14,000 drugs farm on the same street.

Leeds Crown Court heard officers raided number 6 Recreation Mount at Holbeck last September 1 and found cannabis with a street value of £1,970.

Police arrested 31-year-old Hewi Rashid, who admitted producing cannabis and possessing cannabis with intent to supply.

Prosecutor, Stephen Littlewood said police noticed a man from number 17 Recreation Mount was showing a “lot of interest” in police activity.

Police searched that house and found 37 cannabis plants with an estimated yield value of £14,134.

Cannabis user John Nicholson, 47, was arrested at number 17 Recreation Mount. He admitted possession with intent to supply cannabis.

Judge Robin Mairs jailed Rashid for 18 months and handed Nicholson a ten-month jail sentence, suspended for 12 months.

Judge Mairs said he was satisfied Nicholson was “being run by” Rashid.

Shufqat Khan, mitigating for Rashid, said his client owed a drug debt and committed the offences after being pressured and threatened by a man called Michael.

The court heard Nicholson started using cannabis aged 15 and uses the drug daily.

Graham Pearce of KPMG

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