A MAN set up a cannabis farm in the attic of his Huddersfield home – to bring in cash when he was laid off from work.
But at Bradford Crown Court, 44-year-old Phillip Holmes was jailed for 18 months.
Holmes’ house in Cowlersley Lane, Cowlersley, was raided by police in March and officers discovered 27 mature cannabis plants growing in the converted attic.
Prosecutor Ewan McLachlan told the court yesterday that various equipment including lighting, fans and reflective sheeting had been set up in the attic and a cable bypassing the electricity meter was being used to power the system.
It was estimated that the plants could have yielded more than two kilograms of skunk cannabis with a street value of almost £20,000.
Holmes was not present when the police swooped, but he was arrested later that day and admitted setting up the system.
“He told the police that he was going to be laid off from work and set up the system in order to sell cannabis and have some for himself,” said Mr McLachlan.
Holmes admitted being a heavy user of cannabis and it emerged during yesterday’s hearing that in 2007 he had been given a community sentence for growing the drug and abstracting electricity.
Last month Holmes again admitted producing cannabis and possessing the drug with intent to supply, but Judge Jonathan Rose was told that he only intended to sell the cannabis to a friend.
The court heard that Holmes planned to use some of the drug and keep the rest in his freezer in the hope that it would last him about a year.
Judge Rose told Holmes there had been “a rash” of cannabis farms being set up in houses in recent years and the message had to get out that those involved would lose their liberty.
He said despite the warning Holmes received in 2007 he had made a calculated decision to break the law.
“You decided to embark on a criminal venture to ensure that you and others had a ready supply of cannabis,” said Judge Rose.
“You were even going to place it in your freezer to lay down supplies for the year ahead.”