100 cannabis plants - for personal use

Preston Crown Court
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A CANNABIS farmer has walked free from court after police discovered thousands of pounds worth of drugs at his home.

Neil Holmes’ St Annes home was raided by officers after an anonymous tip-off in April last year, and almost 100 plants were found inside the premises.

The cannabis plants – estimated to have a street value of between £3,685 and £5,528 – were found in an outbuilding at the 49-year-old’s property on Kilnhouse Lane.

Det Con Matt Haylett, from Blackpool CID, said it was a large amount of cannabis for personal use.

He added: “Anonymous information came in and police executed a warrant at his address and a cannabis farm was found at the location.

“There was no evidence he was dealing the cannabis.

“He suggested he was growing it for his own personal use but it would have taken him a long time to smoke it all.”

There were 25 well-established plants in the outhouse alongside 73 plants in the early stages of growth, while officers also found a bag of cannabis bush with a street value of £184.

Preston Crown Court heard how Holmes readily accepted the drugs were his own, and claimed he used them for dyspraxia.

He was handed a 12-month prison sentence, suspended for a year, and a three-month curfew by a judge after admitting producing and possessing cannabis.

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