A former charity worker has been jailed for two years for running a cannabis factory where he slept next to the plants he harvested.
Simon Head, 46, erected two tents with lighting, hydroponics and fans capable of growing up to £13,818 worth of cannabis a year in George Street, Driffield.
Police found 18 large and 18 small plants in two tents – one in the bedroom where he slept. There was also a tub of cannabis weighing 2.1kg, valued at £495, and three £20 deals read to be sold. Head told police he was dealing in drugs to pay for a house move.
Crown barrister Jharna Jobes said the amount of growing cannabis was valued at £9,240 but with more than one crop a year it would produce £13,818 worth of cannabis.
Head, now of Foston Lane, North Frodingham, appeared at Hull Crown Court on Monday for sentence after pleading guilty to charges of possession of cannabis with intent to supply and being concerned in the production of cannabis.
His girlfriend Theresa Griggs, 41, also of Foston Lane, North Frodingham, was cleared of a charge of the production of cannabis when the Crown offered no evidence.
Barrister Nigel Clive said Head had been a painter and decorator who had injured his foot and not worked since. He had previous convictions for the possession of cannabis as well as the more serious possession of MDNA ecstasy - a class A drug.
“He is a man with too much time on his hands and not enough to fill it with,” said Mr Clive. “Like many people he found the purchase of cannabis to feed his habit too expensive, so he began to grow it. He realized he had grown more cannabis than he could use. It is a salutary lesson to find his partner sat next to him in the dock through no fault of her own.”
Sentencing, Recorder Rachim Singh told Head: “An immediate custodial sentence is appropriate. The police founder two insulated tents, 18 plants, seeds, scales and re-sealable bags. An aggravating feature is there was cannabis in bags ready to be sold and you have previous convictions for being a drug user.”
He jailed Head for two years and allowed his girlfriend to walk free.