Mum's bedroom contained £22k drug crop
A SINGLE mum of two young children whose flat was used to grow cannabis has been handed a two-year community order.
Stacey Taylor was promised £3,000 by a mystery man to enable him to cultivate the illicit crop in her bedroom, Bristol Crown Court heard.
Police acting on information called at her home and found flowering head cannabis with an estimated street value of £22,000.
Taylor, 25, of Oak House, Hartcliffe, pleaded guilty to allowing premises to be used for the cultivation of cannabis.
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Judge David Ticehurst told her: "Sentencing guidelines puts custody as the start. I'm still a judge who can apply judgement.
"Why on earth did you agree to this? You've got yourself into a whole lot of trouble, haven't you?"
Taylor replied: "I was struggling."
The judge ordered the forfeiture and destruction of the crop and reserved any breaches in the case to himself. No court costs were imposed.
Robert Reid, prosecuting, said police went to the flat on January and, after being allowed in, found 2.2 kilograms of cannabis in a bedroom.
Mr Reid told the court: "Miss Taylor was interviewed and said a man approached her, but she didn't name him.
"He promised her £3,000 if she allowed cannabis to be grown.
"She had nothing to do with the growing of the cannabis. She was a facilitator and no money was received."
The court heard Taylor had previous cautions for possessing a Class A drug in 2007, and shoplifting in 2009.
Simon Emslie, defending, said his client gave the unnamed man a key to her flat, and he installed a lock on the bedroom where the crop was established.
He said: "Police arrived on her birthday, which was also the day she came out of hospital after having her second child. Police had to break down the door to the bedroom.
"She made a timely guilty plea and there is no suggestion of her taking an active role in supply."