Drugs discovery in Blackpool home leads to jail

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A man has been jailed for more than three years after an “organised and sophisticated” cannabis operation worth up to £82,000 was discovered in a Blackpool home.

Gary Walker, 31, was arrested by police after the cannabis factory was discovered at a home on Waterloo Road in January last year.

A total of 420 plants were found at the address, with a street value of between £55,074 and £82,611.

Police today praised the sentence handed down to Walker, and described the amount of drugs recovered from the home as “massive”.

After Walker, who lives at an address in Manchester, was arrested, searches were conducted at a property in the city by Greater Manchester Police.

His girlfriend Lisa Foster, 30, who also lives in Manchester, was arrested following the discovery of a smaller cannabis factory at their home on Manchester Road.

More than 100 plants were recovered from that address with a street value of between £4,685 and £7,028.

As well as the cannabis, electricity was abstracted from the Blackpool address which amounted to £11,148.

At an earlier hearing Gary Walker had pleaded guilty to three charges of producing a class B drug and a charge of abstracting/using electricity without authority. He was jailed for three years nine months. Lisa Foster also pleaded guilty to allowing her premises to be used. She received a community order and has been put on an electronic tag for three months.

They were both sentenced at Preston Crown Court.

Det Con Warren Jones, of Blackpool CID, said: “This was a highly organised and sophisticated set up with a large number of cannabis plants involved. I am pleased that we have been able to prevent this massive amount of drugs from getting out on to the streets and I hope the sentence given today acts as a warning to other people involved in producing cannabis that it will not be tolerated and you will be caught and brought to justice.”

Anyone who suspect somebody of being involved in producing cannabis can contact Lancashire Police by calling 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


Man is latest in court over cannabis finds

The jail sentence handed to Gary Walker is the latest case relating to cannabis factories in Blackpool dealt with before the courts.

It follows on from a case heard before Preston Crown Court last week when Scott Perrett, 21, was handed a nine month prison sentence suspended for a year.

Preston Crown Court heard how Perrett’s home on Horncliffe Road, South Shore, was searched and £260 of cannabis was discovered, along with £400 of cocaine.

The court heard he had been addicted to drugs since the age of 10. He pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine and possession of cannabis with intent to supply.

The case also follows the discovery of another cannabis factory last Thursday, when a house on Station Road, Wesham, was raided and 20 fully grown cannabis plants were found.

A man has been bailed to July 2.

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