Drug patch man thought plants were strawberries

Polkoski mistook the cannabis for strawberries
Polkoski mistook the cannabis for strawberries
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A man who believed he was growing strawberry plants in his back garden got a shock when the plants turned out to be cannabis.

Polish-born Marek Polkoski only realised the truth about his crop when he was told by a friend but was too busy to dig them up, a court was told.

Polkoski, 39, of Johnson Road, Marton, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to cannabis production.

Alison Quanbrough, prosecuting, said police received information cannabis was being grown in a back garden in Johnson Road on July 9.

An officer went to Polkoski’s address and seized 10 cannabis plants which were growing in the back plot.

When interviewed, Polkoski told police he was not a keen gardener.

He was given a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £85 costs with £15 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Brett Chappell, defending, said his client, who had no previous convictions, had found the plants in small pots when he was putting out the rubbish.

He put them in the garden and believed they were strawberry plants until a friend informed him they were cannabis plants and said it was not illegal to have them growing in the garden.