Cannabis user admits drug production

COURT: Court Case
COURT: Court Case

A drug producer has been caught with 22 cannabis plants which had a potential street value of up to £30,000.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard on Monday, December 9, how Liam Fountain, 25, of New Scott Street, Langwith, admitted producing cannabis after a police raid uncovered the plants in his loft.

Prosecuting solicitor Ian Shaw said: “They found 22 cannabis plants growing in the loft of the house and some scales were recovered. The plants were at an early stage of development but had they gone on to maturity they would have produced female plants required for the production of cannabis with a £6,000 to £30,000 yield.”

Fountain pleaded guilty to producing the class B drug after the police issued a search warrant at his home in August.

Fountain told police the cannabis plants were for personal use so he would not have to associate with dealers, according to Mr Shaw.

However, Mr Shaw argued the scale of the production was at a commercial level and disputed whether it was only for personal use.

Defence solicitor Jon Barber argued that Fountain’s guilty plea is on the basis that the production was for personal use only and not for commercial purposes.

Mr Barber said: “It’s not accepted this is a commercial enterprise. The plea is based on the production being for personal use.”

Magistrates adjourned the case to be heard at Derby Crown Court on December 23 where the basis of plea will be assessed before sentencing.