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Jailed After Cannabis Factory Uncovered In Bedroom

The Buckinghamshire Free Press, 13th July 2006

A CHARGE-HAND sprayer, who set up a sophisticated hydroponic cannabis nursery in a rented room in Southampton when his relationship with his partner was going through a difficult period, has been jailed for ten months.

Christian Avery was arrested when police investigating a multi-million-pound drug dealing network forced their way into a locked bedroom at a house in Knighton Road and discovered the cannabis-growing factory as well as 39 plants.

Avery, a 33-year-old Australian, of Millers Pond Gardens, Sholing, pleaded guilty to producing cannabis.

He claimed that the drugs were for medicinal purposes because he had a bad leg and the drugs were purely for his own use.

But prosecutor Matthew Jewell said that the prosecution did not accept this because of the time and effort Avery must have put into setting up the unit.

Urging the city crown court to accept the recommendation of a community punishment order, defence lawyer William Mousley said that the offence happened almost two years ago, that his client had pleaded guilty at the first opportunity.

In jailing Avery, Judge John Boggis QC said: "This was a clearly-thought production unit.

"Cannabis is a lethal drug and people who produce it, must accept the consequences."

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