A HAUL of cannabis plants were uncovered in a raid after police followed up a tip-off from the public.
A judge at Preston Crown Court ordered the man behind the farm to carry out unpaid work after officers seized 35 plants from the front room of a house on Kingston Close in Knott End.
Mark Adey was not in the property when police forced entry but was later arrested, the court heard.
The 41-year-old, of Erdington Road, central Blackpool, admitted one offence of producing cannabis and another of possessing a Class A drug, cocaine.
He was sentenced to 200 hours unpaid work for the community by the judge, who also placed him on a 12-month community order.
Following the sentencing, community beat manager PC Dave Kerfoot said: “We’d like to thank the local community for the information which led us to executing the warrant.
“We thrive off that information and take positive action when we can.”
Hanifa Patel, prosecuting at Preston Crown Court, said the search was carried out on May 16 last year.
The cannabis plants were found in the front room along with books about growing cannabis.
A snap bag of cocaine, worth around £40, was found in a kitchen cupboard.
The defendant told police he was not a cocaine user, but it had probably been left at his home by a friend and he had kept it.
He insisted the cannabis was being grown for his own personal use.
Martin Hackett, defending, asked the court to follow the recommendation of a pre-sentence report and make a community order.
Adey was ordered to pay £250 towards prosecution costs.
n Police in Blackpool have uncovered 30 cannabis plants in a house in Talbot ward following a tip-off from a member of the public.
Officers seized the 3ft plants from a flat on Palatine Road around 2pm on Wednesday.
A 45-year-old man from Blackpool has been arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the production of a controlled drug.
Sgt Helen McLaren, from Blackpool Police, said: “As a result of community intelligence and pro-active work by our policing team, we found 27 plants in the front room and three plants in the back bathroom.
“We want to stamp out drugs in the area.”