Debt ‘forced man to host drug farm’

Preston Crown Court
Preston Crown Court
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A man addicted to vodka was forced to allow his home to be used as a cannabis farm after he got into debt with a loan shark, a court was told.

When police searched Greig Dickson’s Blackpool home, 40 plants were discovered and more than 2.6 kilos of the drug harvested in a professional operation.

The 40-year-old was jailed for 12 months at Preston Crown Court.

Dickson (pictured), of Lytham Road, South Shore, pleaded guilty to producing cannabis, stealing electricity and possessing cannabis with intent to 

Police visited his home in April this year after a tip-off from neighbours about a strong smell of cannabis coming from the property.

Lisa Worsley, prosecuting, said the smell of the drug could even be detected from Dickson’s letterbox.

Inside a complex professional cannabis growing set-up was found and a large amount of cannabis bush, worth more than £26,000 was in bags on the floor.

Chris Hudson, defending, said someone else Dickson was too frightened to name had taken advantage of him and cultivated the cannabis in his home. He told the court: “The defendant himself could barely grow a wart, let alone cannabis. He said he couldn’t smell anything because he was usually so drunk he wasn’t aware of the smell.”

Dickson was addicted to vodka and had borrowed £500 from a loan shark to buy booze.

Judge Simon Newall told Dickson: “There has to be an element of deterrent. I regret to say I am not able to suspend any sentence.”