Bagillt pot smoker grew his own crop

Published date: 07 February 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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A DRUG user who got tired of meeting dealers decided to grow his own instead.

John Benjamin Vaughan, 23, was using between £30 and £40 worth of cannabis a day.

After his partner left him, he bought growing equipment online and planted his own in a hydroponics system at his then home in Bagillt.

Police officers executed a search warrant in October after receiving intelligence that there was a cannabis set-up at the address.

They found 17 cannabis plants, with an estimated yield of between £4,760 and £14,200, Flintshire Magistrates Court was told.

The prosecution accepted he was growing it for his own use and not for supply.
Vaughan, now living back with his parents at Ffordd y Ffynnon, Mostyn, admitted cultivating cannabis.

He was placed on a two-month community order and ordered to carry out 100 hours unpaid work.

Vaughan was ordered to pay £145 costs.

Magistrates were told he had reduced his cannabis intake but was still spending £30 a week on the drug.

Magistrates told him that the best thing he could do would be to stop taking it so that he could pay off his fines.

Prosecutor Helen Tench said that a growing area was discovered in a downstairs room.

The cannabis had already been harvested and was being dried.

Vaughan’s fingerprint was found on a light bulb in the hydroponics system.

Amy Shearer, defending, said that Vaughan had lived in Bagillt High Street with his partner and when the relationship ended he decided to cultivate cannabis.

“He did not particularly like approaching drug dealers to get his cannabis from them and he decided that he wanted to grow his own,” she said.

There was no suggestion that he was dealing.

Vaughan, one of twins, came from a supportive family.

He had since moved back home and had spent his time constructively.

He had been on a course which, if he passed, would enable him to work on construction sites and he had the promise of a job.

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