Jailed for growing cannabis after watching YouTube video of how it was done

Kenneth Brown
Kenneth Brown

A man who grew more than 100 cannabis plants in Wigtoft after watching a video of how to do it on YouTube has today (Wednesday) been jailed for 22 months.

Kenneth Brown, 50, admitted abstracting electricity and growing the plants in an outbuilding at the back of his partner’s home in Wigtoft without her knowledge.

Court news

Court news

Lincoln Crown Court heard police were led to Brown after his fingerprint was found on a lamp discovered at another cannabis grow in Lincolnshire.

Michael Cranmer-Brown, prosecuting, said when police arrived at the property in Wigtoft on January 23 last year they were shown by Brown to a building at the rear of the garage where 109 cannabis plants were growing.

A further 100 cuttings of female cannabis plants were discovered in a growing cupboard, the court was told.

Mr Cranmer-Brown said there was a ‘degree of sophistication’ with eight sodium lamps hanging over the growing cannabis plants.

“It was a substantial grow with an expectation of significant monies from it,” Mr Cranmer-Brown added.

The court was told Brown had a previous conviction from 2003 for being concerned with the supply of heroin.

During his police interview Brown admitted setting up the grow to help pay off his personal debts. The court was told Brown only intended to use the cannabis himself or sell it to friends at below the market rate to make a few thousand pounds.

Brown, of North Forty Foot Bank, Chapel Hill, pleaded guilty to producing cannabis and abstracting electricity following the police search on January 23, 2015.

Passing sentence Recorder Graham Huston told Brown the cannabis had a potential yield of between £36,000 and £40,000.

“That is a lot of money. It is commercial,” Recorder Huston said. “Any profit would have been yours.”