Man grew drugs in loft

A NEW Ollerton man could be locked up after a court heard that police found 26 cannabis plants growing in his loft.

Officers with a drugs search warrant went to Barry Brennan’s previous address in Tibshelf on 2nd November and found £40 worth of cannabis resin in the living area.

They then entered the loft and saw plants growing in compost, served by lamps, reflectors, extractor fans and a timer-regulated water supply.

Helen Griffiths, prosecuting, told Chesterfield magistrates on Monday that the flowering plants had a potential street value of £10,280 and could have been used to make more than 4,000 cannabis cigarettes.

She added: “He said he had been smoking cannabis for 17 years following a work injury. He has limited use of an arm and leg and blindness in one eye and the drug gave him pain relief.”

Brennan (60), of Blackburn View, admitted possessing and producing cannabis. Magistrates decided their sentencing powers were insufficient and committed him to be dealt with by a judge at Derby Crown Court on 10th February.

Andrew Bevan, for Brennan, said he fell 35ft from a roof in 1994, fracturing his pelvis and a leg. He was prescribed very strong painkillers but usually managed only two hours sleep a night.

“That’s why he turned to cannabis. Due to the increasing cost he decided to grow some himself. He purchased seeds from a magazine and researched on the internet how to grow it.

“He didn’t try any of it because he was arrested before it was ready for use,” said Mr Bevan.