A FARMER’S son came a cropper – after growing thousands of pounds worth of drugs in his home.
John Hardcastle, of Ings Way East, Lepton, said he decided to give growing skunk cannabis a try.
The experiment paid off and he produced an estimated £7,000 worth of the drug.
But yesterday Kirklees magistrates told him his case was so serious that it would be dealt with by a crown court judge.
Police found 20 plants of the stronger variety of the Class B drug growing in one of Hardcastle’s bedrooms.
The officers attended the 43-year-old’s home on April 8 following an anonymous tip-off.
Alex Bozman, prosecuting, said: “He accepted that there was a high number of cannabis plants being grown in the property.
“Police were taken upstairs to a bedroom where there was a full hydroponic set-up and 20 mature plants close to cropping.”
The prosecutor said that the estimated yield of the plants was 900 grams of cannabis.
He added: “A police officer with experience in drug evaluations has given an estimate of potential street value of these drugs as in excess of £7,000.”
Hardcastle told police that the plants were 12 weeks old and that they were two weeks away from cropping.
He admitted that he didn’t smoke the drug himself.
Mr Bozman said: “He said: ‘I know people who do smoke it and have trouble getting hold of it – I was probably just going to let them know I had some’.”