Cannabis crop found in house
A POLICEMAN who heard about a supposed cannabis factory in Easton cycled to the house and arrested the grower, a court heard.
There were rumours the illicit crop was being cultivated in Berwick Road, Easton, Bristol Crown Court was told.
When the officer knocked at the door Craig Johnson accepted he was growing it to pay off a class A drug debt.
Johnson, 40, of Fishponds Road in Fishponds, pleaded guilty to cultivating cannabis.
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Recorder Mr Ignatius Hughes imposed a 12-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, with 12 months of supervision.
He told Johnson: "I appreciate you have difficulties but the bottom line is stop offending or go to prison."
Neil Treharne, prosecuting, said police found 16 cannabis plants being nurtured in a bedroom, calculated to have a 1.1kg potential yield.
Johnson said he needed money to pay off a class A drug debt and was receiving visits from people every two or three days to check on the plants.
Robyn Rowland, defending, said: "This is a man of mature years and a relatively light list. He was once again using class A drugs at Christmas 2011 and he made a very poor decision to grow cannabis.
"When not using drugs he can lead a productive life, but he's fallen off the wagon on a number of occasions."
Mr Rowland said his client was engaging with agencies including Bristol Drugs Project and The Junction and was neither drinking nor using drugs.