Jail for Leeds crook who grew cannabis in tent in bedroom

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A man who was caught growing cannabis in a tent in his bedroom has been sent to prison for 13 months.

A court heard it was the third time 20-year-old Jamal Goodison had appeared before the court for drug offences.

At the time of the offence, on November 25 last year, he was subject to a suspended prison sentence for possessing class A drugs with intent to supply.

Leeds Crown Court heard police went to Goodison’s home on Kentmere Avenue, Seacroft, on an unrelated matter but searched the property when they noticed it smelt strongly of cannabis.

Six plants were found inside the tent in his bedroom which was also fitted with a heating and lighting system.

Police also found a bag of white powder on the kitchen table was later found to be Mkat.

Goodison was arrested and admitted being responsible for growing the cannabis. He pleaded guilty to producing a class B drug and possession of a class C drug.

Richard Reed, for Goodison, said his client accepted that he would have to go to prison as it was his third conviction for drugs offences.

A pre-sentence report also stated Goodison had failed to comply with previous court orders and had not attended a thinking skills programme.

Mr Reed said: “He is the author of his own misfortune. His particular problem is trying to support too many people.”

Mr Reed said Goodison was trying to provide financial support to his mother, brother, child and former partner.

He added: “His expectations are unrealistic. When discussing with him what he thought he was going to achieve from these six plants he thought he was going to earn a few thousand pounds. In reality he was never going to do it.

“He had not gone into this operation with any great knowledge or thought,”

Judge Rodney Jameson QC told Jameson: “It really is not a happy job to impose a custodial sentence on a young man who is obviously bright and with potential.

“I just hope you can in future find a way of applying it lawfully because you do have plenty of ability and people rely on you.”

He added: “If you do try to make a living as a drug dealer again the sentences will start getting pretty serious. Please do think about your child.”

Leeds Civic Hall.

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