A MAN missed the birth of his baby girl as he was in police custody set to appear in court over an alleged involvement in a £288,000 drug factory.
Daniel Weegram, 25, appeared at Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court accused of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and two counts of conspiracy to supply Class B drugs.
Justices deemed the offence to be too serious to be dealt with at magistrates’ court and have transferred proceedings to be heard at Teesside Crown Court next Tuesday, May 15.
Former flooring contractor Weegram (left), of Templeton Close, in the Clavering area of Hartlepool, appeared in custody wearing grey tracksuit bottoms and a Nike T-shirt.
He did not enter a plea to the alleged offences, said to have taken place between March 7 and September 7, last year.
Weegram, who the court heard became a father to a baby girl in the early hours of yesterday morning while he was in police custody, is suspected of being part of a gang that turned two houses in the town’s Hutton Avenue into a sophisticated cannabis farm, as well as storage for cocaine and amphetamine.
Five men have already been sentenced to a total of 26 years in prison as part of the investigation.
Magistrates granted Weegram conditional bail until he appears at crown court.
His bail conditions include surrendering his passport to the police, an electronically-tagged curfew from 6pm-10am, reporting to Hartlepool Police Station daily between 1pm and 3pm and to live and sleep at his home address.