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Cannabis grower's 'cack-handed' bid to cultivate plants
A BUNGLING cannabis grower was behind a one-man “cack-handed operation which produced sickly plants”.
Jamie Snowley, of Tamar Close, Oakley, grew more than 70 cannabis plants behind a hidden wall at an address in Basingstoke – but the criminal venture was discovered by police officers in November last year.
The 30-year-old appeared for sentence at Winchester Crown Court after admitting cultivation of cannabis, and two charges of possession of cannabis.
He had denied a count of possession of cannabis with intent to supply, and a jury at Southampton Crown Court acquitted him of that charge after a trial.
The court heard officers executed a search warrant at Snowley’s then address in Moat Close, Bramley, last November.
After that raid, officers then searched a property connected to Snowley, in Hobbs Court, Rooksdown, Basingstoke, where they found 72 cannabis plants behind a hidden wall.
They then returned to the Moat Close address and found more cannabis.
At the sentencing hearing, Andrew Houston, prosecuting, said: “They were fairly sickly plants and it does not look as if the defendant was the most adept gardener.
“He was effectively doing it for himself, on the jury’s verdict. He was his own manager.”
Snowley, who was visibly upset in the dock throughout the hearing, had worked as a driver in the construction industry and did tattooing in his spare time, the court heard.
David Burgess, defending, said Snowley was working hard to curb his cannabis use.
He added: “It was a cack-handed operation which produced sickly plants, and it was a one-off.”
Judge Alistair Malcolm sentenced Snowley to four months in jail, suspended for two years. He also ordered him to pay £250 court costs.
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