Suspicious activity around a Sutton Bridge house led police to smash a cannabis addict’s drug growing factory.
Officers went to the rented property in Withington Street and found that one of the upstairs bedrooms had been converted into a cannabis den.
Katarina Wilson, prosecuting, said “Police went to the address due to there being suspicious comings and goings.
“When the officers gained access they were able to detect a strong smell of cannabis. Two bedrooms had evidence of cannabis growing.”
Empty plant pots and cannabis bushes and stalks were found in one of the bedrooms and ten healthy plants were found in another.
Miss Wilson said: “Lights were suspended from the ceiling and there was a ventilation system.
“Timer switches and temperature gauges were recovered.”
No-one was in the property at the time of the police search but three days later the tenant, Sarah Kelk, handed herself in and confessed that the cannabis plants belonged to her.
Kelk (24), who now lives at Bridge Road, Sutton Bridge, admitted production of cannabis between August 11 and October 11, 2013.
She was given a six month jail sentence suspended for 12 months with 12 months supervision.
Judge John Pini QC told her: “You have had a serious cannabis addiction for a long time.
“It is not harmless. It is a drug that causes a significant number of health problems and is immensely damaging.
“You have come perilously close to an immediate prison sentence but I want to see if you can rid yourself of the drug.”
Liz Harte, in mitigation, said that although Kelk was the tenant she spent very little time at the property as it was almost uninhabitable.
She described Kelk as a vulnerable woman and added: “She has always been brought up with the ethos that you smoke cannabis. She moved away to this awful flat. It was almost uninhabitable.
“Her cannabis use escalated, no doubt due to her circumstances. She was smoking cannabis in copious quantities.”
Miss Harte said Kelk was addicted to cannabis and needed help to rid herself of her drug problem.