Cannabis found in New Mills house had ‘£30,000 street value’

Derby Crown Court
Derby Crown Court
  • 40 cannabis plants found in loft of New Mills home
  • Drugs worth between £3,500 and £30,000
  • Defendant smoked ten to 12 cannabis joints a day

A New Mills man grew cannabis plants worth £30,000 in his loft because it was cheaper than buying the drug, a court heard.

Police searched the Hague Bar address of Adam Sparrow on October 23 and found 40 plants in the loft, prosecutor Sarah Allen told Derby Crown Court.

He smokes about ten to 12 cannabis joints a day. He decided to grow cannabis as it worked out cheaper for him to do so.

Milena Bennett, defending

Some of the plants were one metre high while others were cuttings of around ten centimetres in height. The loft was lined with a circulation system in operation as well as dehumidifiers and other growing equipment. Digital scales, resealable bags and cannabis grinders were also found at the property.

If split into one ounce deals the drugs had a value of between £7,000 and £30,000, or if sold by the kilo, they were worth between £3,500 and £15,000, Ms Allen said.

Text messages were also found on Sparrow’s phone discussing both selling and growing cannabis, the court heard.

In interview, Sparrow told police he had bought the growing equipment second hand for between £600 and £700. He said he had purchased the cannabis seeds from the internet and had researched how to grow the drug online.

He said all of the cannabis was for his own use as he was a heavy user and the plants that were found were his second attempt at growing the drug. He later accepted that he may have sold some of the drugs to his friends.

Sparrow, 25, admitted the production of class B drugs.

Milena Bennett, defending, said: “Adam Sparrow appears before the court having pleaded guilty at the preliminary hearing.

“He has been a cannabis user since the age of 13. He is 25 now so that is 12 years of cannabis use. He started using cannabis occasionally with his peers however that usage progressed and he became a heavy cannabis user, especially since he moved to New Mills four years ago to live with his partner.

“He has integrated himself into a group of like-minded individuals in the community. They would all share cannabis. If somebody had more they would sell it to each other, however he was not selling cannabis to the wider community.

“He smokes about ten to 12 cannabis joints a day. He decided to grow cannabis as it worked out cheaper for him to do so.”

Recorder Richard Swain sentenced him to ten months in prison, suspended for two years. Sparrow was also made the subject of a two-year supervision requirement, ordered to complete 160 hours’ unpaid work and an eight-week drug rehabilitation requirement.

The drugs and equipment will be destroyed.