Builder turned drugs grower

Preston Crown Court
Preston Crown Court
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A BUILDER in debt turned his hand to growing cannabis, but the enterprise landed him in front of a judge.

Preston Crown Court was told police searched an address and found a cannabis farm of 69 plants which could net between £15,000 and £23,000.

Lewis Arnfield, 27, of Park Lane, Preesall, appeared for sentence after pleading guilty to production of cannabis and possession of criminal property – £2,265.

Tom Lord, prosecuting, told the court how, on February 26 last year, police attended Park Lane and Arnfield admitted he “had some stuff” upstairs.

In a bedroom 69 cannabis plants were found. In a car and two bags cannabis bush was also unearthed.

Mr Lord said the cannabis had a potential yield of 2.7kg.

He told police it was “an experimental operation” and he was in debt. Mr Lord said it was not suggested Arnfield was supplying.

Ciaran Rankin, defending, said Arnfield had pleaded guilty and was of previous good character.

Arnfield was taking cannabis on a daily basis and had over stretched himself.

“It is a case where he was naive and foolish in the extreme,” said Mr Rankin.

Arnfield was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment suspended for two years.

He was also ordered to do 120 hours’ unpaid work for the community. A three-month curfew was also imposed between the hours of 9pm and 7am.