Hartlepool drugs farmer caught after police turned up over row with his wife

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A CANNABIS user’s private crop was discovered by police after a row with his wife.

Police were called to an argument between Abraham Govan and his wife after she was angry about him growing the drugs.

He admitted his involvement and knew that it was an offence

Prosecutor Rachel Masters

Officers discovered 17 plants growing in the loft of the house on Friday, February 20 and Govan was arrested.

Rachel Masters, prosecuting at Teesside Crown Court, said: “The defendant told police he thought the cannabis would produce a yield of £4,500. He admitted his involvement and knew that it was an offence to do so.

“While he didn’t sell any of the cannabis for profit, clearly he was growing to fund his own habit, we say there was a financial benefit to him by not purchasing cannabis himself.”

Govan, 47, pleaded guilty to production of a class B drug on the basis it was for his personal use only.

The court heard he has a lengthy record going back to the early 1980s with 47 convictions for 68 offences.

His lawyer, William Davison, said one of the reasons for the row with his wife was his decision to start using cannabis again after being off it for four years.

Mr Davison said: “She objected to having cannabis in the loft and an argument ensued.”

He said of the growth: “It was very amateurish. There was no abstraction of electricity, no extensive lighting or anything of that nature.

“Also the plants were not in good condition. He was the only person involved.”

Govan, of Macrae Road, Hartlepool, was given eight months’ prison but it was suspended for two years.

Judge Tony Briggs said: “I accept this is not the type of cannabis farm one usually sees. It doesn’t bear the hallmarks of some large commercial set-up where electricity has been diverted and there has been significant alteration to the premises.

“I think the public interest is best served by sentencing you to a prison sentence but I will suspend it for a period of two years.”