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Police unearth cannabis farm.
Saturday 2nd August 2014 @ 09:36 by Anna Fletcher



A man who could have netted more than £100,000 from his cannabis crop has been jailed.

Wesley Keith Coulding, 36, previously of Hattersley Road West, Hyde, admitted producing cannabis, possession of cannabis with intent to supply and possessing cocaine.

At Manchester’s Minshull Street Crown Court  on Monday he was sentenced to a total of two years in prison.

He had been stopped on March 8 this year on Mottram Road, Hyde, after officers suspected him to be a disqualified driver.

He was found in possession of £1,755 and a machete and was arrested.

His house, along with his mother’s address where he had been staying, were both searched.

At his home, a cannabis farm consisting of 114 juvenile cannabis plants was discovered.

A drug valuation officer put the potential yield of the cannabis plants at being in excess of £115,000.

During a search of his mother’s house, a pack of cannabis weighing almost five ounces – with a potential street value in excess of £2,700 – was retrieved  from a wheelie bin outside the address.

He was also charged with possessing cocaine following analysis of white powder discovered during an earlier house search in December 2013.

After the sentencing Police Constable Alex Camplin, said: “Coulding transformed his house into a drugs den and moved out in order to allow his plan and plants to flourish.

“While Coulding claimed that he would not see the proceeds of the cannabis he was producing, he stood to earn a vast amount of cash and would have succeeded had we not disrupted this sophisticated cannabis farm.

“The message I want to send out is a simple one: while on the face of it the lure of making money through drugs seems appealing, the risks far outweigh the benefit and if caught we will take your drugs, any money you have made from your criminal endeavours and you will go to prison.”