A MAN who set up a cannabis factory in a garage in Holbeach following the break-up of his marriage has been jailed for six months.
Scott Kent (40) admitted growing the drugs for his own personal use after police seized over 100 cannabis plants from a property in West End when he appeared at Lincoln Crown Court on Thursday.
The court heard how Kent became addicted to cannabis after the collapse of his marriage and roofing business.
The court was told officers found most of the plants in a garage at the rear of the house in a raid on May 25 last year, but also recovered £1,000 in cash and some smaller plants from a flat above the garage.
Kent made no comment when he was interviewed by police but in a prepared statement he admitted being a heavy user of cannabis and said the majority of plants were for his own use.
He admitted giving some of the cannabis to friends, who were also users, but denied making any commercial gain from the transactions, claiming the cash found by police came from his work.
The court heard Kent had no previous convictions for drugs matters and turned to cannabis after his wife left him and his business went bankrupt.
In mitigation, the court was told Kent found himself at the “end of his tether”.
He has since found a new partner who has been diagnosed with Crohn’s disease.
Kent, now of The Maltings, Long Sutton, admitted cultivating cannabis following the raid.
Passing sentence, Judge Sean Morris said that Kent’s sentence is a warning to anyone who thinks they can get away with growing cannabis for their own use.
Judge Morris said: “People who cultivate cannabis have to receive an immediate prison sentence because it is illegal, and the reason it is illegal is because it is dangerous.
“Let this be a lesson to anyone in Lincolnshire who has cannabis growing on their property.”
Kent is a former Lincoln City apprentice footballer and played for both Spalding United and Holbeach United.