A MAN caught growing more than 60 cannabis plants has dodged jail.
Brett Williams, 32 of Craven Close, Gomersal, admitted producing the Class B drug at Leeds Crown Court today.
Williams was caught after police raided his home on suspicion of him owning an illegal pitbull breed of dog.
An illegal dog was not found but officers unwittingly discovered a small cannabis factory in a back room.
The room was described as a "professional set-up" and contained 58 large plants and six small plants.
The crop was estimated to be worth more than £5,200 but Williams told the police the drug farm was for his own use.
He said he had been addicted to cannabis since he was 14 and therefore used a lot more of it than other people.
But officials rejected his claim as they found "dealer bags", cutting agents and mobile phones for texting clients in the premises.
Williams, who works as a driver, was given a 12 month sentence, suspended for two years.
He must also do 80 hours of unpaid work.
His Honour Judge Bayliss QC said: "It was a professional set up and it was clearly done for gain, you would have made money out of this.
"You’re very lucky to not be going to custody.
"If I see any breach of this order you will be going straight to prison."