Growers’ bid to dodge dealers

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Two friends aimed to grow cannabis at home because they were not sure what they would get if they bought the drug from dealers.

Andrew Goodman and Christopher Heys’s plan was cut short when their home was raided by police who found four seedling cannabis plants.

Goodman, 24, and Heys, 33, of Billington Street East, Wesham, pleaded guilty to possessing cannabis.

They were each sentenced to a two-week curfew from 6pm to 6am and told to pay £60 victims’ surcharge by District Judge John Maxwell sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court who ordered the destruction of the drugs.

Jane Yates, prosecuting, said police went to the defendants’ address and found four seedling cannabis plants in the living room that on February 1 about 2pm.

In an upstairs bedroom there was a growing tent and equipment for cultivating cannabis. Goodman, who was in breach of a conditional discharge imposed for possessing cannabis, told police: “We grow cannabis because the stuff round here is not good. We don’t know what’s in it. We only grow it, we don’t sell it.”

Jessica Partington, defending, said the friends had lived together for three years. Since the offence Heys had not used cannabis and Goodman wanted help with his drugs problem.