Drugs farm was ‘family affair’ – court

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A cannabis factory discovered at Staining turned out to be a family affair.

The drugs found in the loft of an address on Bibby Drive were being cultivated by brothers Thomas Phillips and Harold Phillips who were growing three plants each.

Thomas, 33, and Harold, 27, both of Bibby Drive, each pleaded guilty to producing cannabis.

They were both given an 18 months conditional discharge and ordered to pay £85 costs with £15 victims’ surcharge by District Judge Rod Ross sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

Prosecutor, Pam Smith, said police visited the brothers’ address and found six cannabis plants growing in the loft on September 4.

The plants were almost mature and ready to harvest.

Officers described it as a professional set-up with organised equipment.

Thomas told police he suffered from mental health problems and insomnia and he used the cannabis to help him with his issues.

Harold said it was their third growth of plants in the year and that he used cannabis to relax.

Howard Green, defending, said neither brother had any previous convictions.

Their mother had died in June and there were a lot of debts outstanding, including rent on the property.

The brothers had been buying cannabis from street dealers and it was expensive, so they decided to grown their own.

Each cannabis crop they produced lasted them about three months.