Cannabis plants worth £15,000 were found in Leeds cellar

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POLICE found cannabis plants capable of producing £15,000 worth of the class B drug when they searched a home in Leeds.

A court heard officers made the discovery after going to Adam Pitcock’s home in Wortley on June 8 this year as they were investigating an unrelated incident.

Leeds Crown Court was told Pitcock, 23, answered the door to the property on Branch Place and agreed to let the officers in when they asked if they could search his home. The officers then became suspicious when Pitcock tried to block their way to the kitchen.

They went into the kitchen and walked down the cellar steps to find 20 plants growing under strong lights. The walls and floor had also been covered with plastic sheeting and there were bottles of fertiliser strewn around.

The court heard the electricity supply to the property had been bypassed, costing the energy company £1,700.

Pitcock was arrested and admitted being responsible for growing the plants. He said he had bought seeds and growing equipment in the hope of being able to sustain his addiction to the drug. Pitcock also admitted that he had paid someone else to bypass the electricity supply to his home.

He pleaded guilty to producing cannabis and abstracting electricity.

Marlon Grossman, mitigating, said Pitcock had admitted the offences at an early opportunity and was motivated to change.

He said Pitcock had no previous drug convictions and lived at the property with his partner of six years. Pitcock was given an eight month prison sentence, suspended for two years, and ordered to take part in a 30-day activity programme designed to address his offending behaviour.

Recorder Ray Singh said: “This was a fairly sophisticated cannabis set up.”