Man avoids jail term after drying cannabis plants at his home in Gainsborough
A Gainsborough man who allowed his premises to be used to dry cannabis plants has escaped a prison sentence at Lincoln Crown Court.
Jason Day was arrested after police raided his home and found 16 cannabis plants being dried in an outbuilding.
Jeremy Janes, prosecuting, said that the plants were capable of producing 635 grams of cannabis with a street value of up to £11,200.
Day, 44, of Tower Street, Gainsborough, admitted possession of cannabis with intent to supply on February 26, 2012.
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He was given a 12 month community order with 180 hours of unpaid work and was ordered to pay £250 prosecution costs.
Noel Philo, defending, said Day agreed to allow his premises to be used by others.
He said: "After the police visited and took away the cannabis he had a visit from his friends.
"They claimed he had lost their cannabis. He let them take an old Land Rover as compensation."
Mr Philo said that as a result of his arrest Day lost his job working on the production line at a factory.
Judge Michael Heath told him "This appears to have been your first foray into criminal activity and you have not benefited by one iota. I hope you have learned your lesson."