Cannabis grower from Northborough is jailed

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A man has been jailed after he grew thousands of pounds of cannabis in his house just a year after appearing in court for setting up another cannabis factory.

Police raided Stewart Bastow’s home in Lincoln Road, Northborough, on June 19 this year, where they found the plants in upstairs rooms.

He appeared at Peterborough Crown Court, where he was jailed for a total of 20 months, after judge Nic Madge heard Bastow, 32, had been given an eight-month sentence, suspended for two years, in March last year for growing the class B drug.

Cheryl Williams, prosecuting, told the court: “When officers executed the warrant in June, they found 10 mother plants, 29 budding plants and 23 younger plants.

There was also evidence of previous crops being harvested, and it was a commercial operation.”

It was thought the 23 younger plants could have produced cannabis worth £19,780 alone. Drugs officers said the total value of drugs in the factory could have a street value or more than £40,000.

Roy James, defending, said: “He has a strong addiction to cannabis and would use 60 per cent of the drugs himself.

“There was no targeting of vulnerable people and he pleaded guilty at an early stage.”

Judge Madge sentenced him to 16 months in prison for the latest offence, and activated four months of the suspended sentence. Along with pleading guilty to producing class B drugs, Bastow also admitted driving without insurance and without a licence. He was disqualified from driving for one year.