Police claw bag £2k drugs cash

A WOULD-BE drug dealer who set up a cannabis farm in his house has been ordered to give back his ill-gotten gains.

Police have confiscated £1,955 which Hartlepool man Stephen Hann amassed after turning his home into a cannabis-growing operation.

A brief proceeds of crime hearing took place at Teesside Crown Court in which it was agreed that Hann, of Howden Road, Hartlepool, would give back the cash.

The Mail reported in September last year that Hann converted two rooms of his house to grow the drug, which he planned to sell to users.

But police nipped the enterprise in the bud when they raided the house, in Parton Street, Hartlepool, and discovered 66 plants which could have produced drugs worth £11,880.

The court heard at the time that there was cash totalling around £1,900 found at the property, along with a mobile phone which contained “incriminating” text messages.

Hann later admitted setting up the operation about six weeks before police shut it down.

He had claimed the cash found was from the sale of a car.

Hann, who previously had no criminal record, was given a 12-month prison sentence, suspended for two years and 150 hours unpaid work.

He admitted production of cannabis and possession of Class B drugs with intent to supply on December 11, 2009.