Hartlepool man admits growing large amount of cannabis alleged to be worth up to £392,000

A man has admitted responsibility for growing a large amount of cannabis in Hartlepool.

Friday, 21st May 2021, 3:15 pm
Updated Monday, 24th May 2021, 9:48 am

Matt Matharu, 56, pleaded guilty to production of a class B drug when he appeared in front of a judge at Teesside Crown Court on Friday, May 21.

The charge dates back to between July 2017 and his arrest by police in January 2018.

At a magistrates court hearing in February it was alleged the value of the drugs involved was between £238,340 and £392,700.

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Matharu will return to Teesside Crown Court to be sentenced in July.

Matharu, of Eldon Grove, Hartlepool, previously denied the offence and was due to stand trial at the crown court in October.

On his last court appearance, his barrister, Steven Reed, said Matharu had committed the offence under duress.

No details of where the drugs were discovered were given during the latest hearing.

Recorder Alex Menary adjourned sentence for a report by the probation service.

Matharu was told to be back at court in July and was granted unconditional bail in the meantime.

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