Jail for man who grew cannabis 'Christmas tree'

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Plant was made to resemble a festive tree by growing it to 5ft tall and decorating it with brightly-coloured baubles

A man who grew a large cannabis plant to look like a Christmas tree will spend the festive season in prison after police found his home-based drug factory.

Ian Richards, 46, made the cannabis plant resemble a festive tree by growing it to 5ft tall and decorating it with brightly-coloured baubles.

Police found it along with a small number of other cannabis plants when they raided his home in Aylesham, Kent, last December.

Investigating officer PC Darren Dennett said: “By using a 5ft tall cannabis plant as a Christmas tree, Richards showed a total disregard for the law.”

A judge at Canterbury Crown Court sentenced Richards to 18 months behind bars for drugs offences on 24 November, a Kent Police spokesman said on Friday.

Dennett added: “One of the bedrooms at his home had been transformed into a very sophisticated cannabis factory.

“He claimed the plants were for his own personal use but the factory clearly had the potential to produce a large quantity of cannabis.

“He is now spending Christmas in prison, and by closing down this cannabis factory we have prevented a large quantity of Class B drugs from reaching the streets.”

guardian.co.uk, Friday 23 December 2011 18.28 GMT

 

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