Man jailed over £10,000 cannabis farm at house

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A MAN who was caught with £10,000 worth of cannabis growing at his West Yorkshire home has been jailed.

Kevin Byrom, 49, was given a ten months sentence after a court heard officers found 28 plants growing in a bedroom at the property on Low Cross Court, Knottingley.

Leeds Crown Court heard officers went to the property at 7pm on July 31 this year after receiving information about the illegal operation.

Lauren Prentice, prosecuting, said Byrom answered the door and pointed officers towards the bedroom.

A total of 28 cannabis plants were found along with a tray of 54 seedlings in preparation for a second crop.

The room was also fitted with “sophisticated” heating and light equipment

Miss Prentice said the plants were analysed and found to be capable of producing 1.26kgs of the class B drug with a street value of £10,000.

Byrom was found in possession of £806 in cash when he was arrested. He told officers he was not responsible for growing the plants and that the money was to pay for his electricity bill.

Byrom pleaded guilty to one offence of permitting premises to be used for cannabis production.

The court heard he has 14 convictions for 34 previous convictions.

Paul Fleming, mitigating, said Byrom was suffering from a stomach illness and had struggled with alcohol addiction in recent years.

The barrister said Byrom had also been receiving support for mental health issues.

Mr Fleming said Byrom did not abuse cannabis but had agreed to allow his home to be used for producing cannabis after being approached by others.

He added that Byrom was motivated to change his life for the better and was willing to co-operate with any community-based punishments.

Jailing Byrom, judge Guy Kearl, QC, said: “This was a sophisticated set up.

“Someone would have had to enter on a daily basis and ensure that the plants were looked after.

“It is not suggested that you were growing the plants but you allowed those premises to be used for that purpose.

“I take the view that this must have been for substantial financial gain.”

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