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Cannabis grower caught with 150 plants at his home

The Leicester Mercury, 2nd March 2006

A man caught growing more than 150 cannabis plants at his home has been jailed.

Police found several large cannabis plants and dozens of seedlings when they searched Paul Knight's address in Repton Street, Newfoundpool, Leicester, on November 19.

They also discovered equipment used for growing cannabis plants, including electric fans and seedling trays, Ian Johnson, prosecuting, told Leicester Magistrates Court yesterday.

Knight (28) was arrested on January 30 and admitted producing cannabis plants.

He pleaded guilty to the offence at a hearing last month.

The court was told Knight had eight previous convictions for offences involving drugs.

Hinesh Bhayani, defending, said Knight had smoked cannabis since he was 14, and his use had increased recently because of difficult personal circumstances.

He said Knight's mother was seriously ill in hospital and he had been facing pressures in his relationship with his partner.

Mr Bhayani said Knight smoked cannabis to "relieve headaches caused by stress in his personal life".

District Judge Richard Holland said Knight had been producing cannabis on a "moderate to large scale", and said the offence was so serious it warranted a jail term.

He sentenced Knight to six months in prison and ordered the drugs and other paraphernalia to be forfeited and destroyed.

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