Police in £20,000 cannabis raid

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Police seized cannabis plants with a potential cash yield of more than £20,000 when they raided an address in Gosberton.

Thirty-two female plants were in an annexe behind a house in Cheal Road and there was a “mother plant” – used for cuttings – in an adjoining room.

Darren Patrick (42) pleaded guilty to cultivating the cannabis plants at his home address when he appeared before Spalding magistrates today (Thursday).

He was committed to Lincoln Crown Court for sentence on July 11.

Magistrates extended his unconditional bail.

Presiding magistrate Sarah Jennings told Patrick: “This offence is so serious you need greater punishment than we can give you.”

Marie Stace, prosecuting, said Patrick had previous convictions for cultivation of cannabis and possession of cannabis with intent to supply dating back to 2007.

Miss Stace said police executed a search warrant at Patrick’s home on January 24 this year under the Misuse of Drugs Act.

She said it was a very sophisticated growing set-up with equipment including artificial lighting and humidity and temperature gauges.

“The amount of cannabis grown is indicative of supply,” Miss Stace added.