Rowing Hartlepool couple caught with drugs farm as police investigate racket

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A YOUNG couple’s noisy fall-out led to a police drugs bust on the woman’s home.

Cops who went to calm down the racket stumbled on a skunk cannabis farm which they had been growing inside the property.

The danger of this type of offending is that you say you would share it with family and friends, no doubt if you had more than enough for them you would sell it.

They found six small plants on the first floor of the Hartlepool house and 30 mature plants in the loft, along with a cultivation tent, lighting, heating and ventilation.

Prosecuting, Rachel Masters told Teesside Crown Court that Chelsea Jack, 21, said that the farm, with a potential crop worth £16,650, was hers and that Leon Owens, also 21, gave her a hand with watering the plants.

She said that she had a heavy cannabis habit and she was trying to save some money by growing her own.

The court heard she bought the tent when she was working in Manchester and she got growing instructions from the internet.

Owens told police that initially he thought they were tomato plants.

Owens and Jack both pleaded guilty to producing a Class B controlled drug on July 6 last year.

Ian Mullarkey, mitigating for Owens, said: “He was not the prime mover, it was Jack’s operation, but he was her helper when necessary.”

Andrew Teate, mitigating for Jack, who had been a user for 10 years, said: “She does accept that she would have shared the crop with friends and family members.

“She lost her job because of the case when it was reported in the media, and she has completely removed herself from the addiction.”

Judge Tony Briggs told them: “The danger of this type of offending is that you say you would share it with family and friends, no doubt if you had more than enough for them you would sell it.”

Jack, of Coleridge Avenue, Hartlepool, was given an eight-month jail sentence suspended for two years and 120-hours’ unpaid work.

Owens, of Melrose Street, Hartlepool, was given a six-months jail sentence suspended for two years with 80 hours’ unpaid work.