A KIRKBURTON man has appeared in court after turning his home into a cannabis factory.
Police discovered £70,000 worth of the Class B drug when they raided Horace Hanson’s property on Turnshaw Road.
Kirklees magistrates told the 49-year-old that he faced sentencing by a crown court judge.
Marina Hunter-Grey, prosecuting, said that the officers went to the house on January 15.
She said: “They searched the address and found that it had been given over to growing cannabis.
“There were 77 plants in various stages of growth.”
The Huddersfield bench was told that the haul included a large growing area in one of the bedrooms.
One room was empty apart from a mattress and another had a box where cut cannabis was drying out.
Ms Hunter-Grey said: “The estimated street value of these plants was nearly £70,000.”
Hanson admitted a charge of producing the controlled drug.
Magistrates told him that the offence was so serious that it demanded a greater punishment than they could give.
They said he would be sentenced by a judge at Leeds Crown Court on August 7.
Hanson was given unconditional bail until that date.