Man grew cannabis with a street value of £25,000 tells court it was for his own use
Friday 7th February 2014 @ 10:22 by Max Wieland


Police who raided an industrial unit in Glossop found 41 cannabis plants that could have produced thousands of pounds worth of drugs, a court heard.

A drugs warrant was executed at a commercial premises in Padfield on June 12 uncovered the plants, said
Jennifer Fitzgerald prosecuting.

Colin McGrath, 35, of Arrowscroft Way, Hollingworth, admitted producing cannabis,  a controlled drug of class B.

Ms Fitzgerald said once inside one of the units police found 41 plants, associated lamps, a timer and watering can.

High Peak magistrates were told last Wednesday that McGrath contacted police himself and told them the plants were his and he was arrested.

When interviewed he told police he was growing the plants for his own personal use.

The court was told the plants were expected to yield between 1,148 and 2,583 grammes of cannabis with an estimated street value of between £11,480 and £25,830.

Annis Rowlands, defending, said McGrath was frank and candid with police from the outset.

She said he had a long-standing medical condition and used cannabis as part of his pain management.

The case was adjourned for sentencing until March 5 at Derby Crown Court.

McGrath was given unconditional bail.