Cannabis growers will face prison warns judge

Christopher Glew. Jailed for 12 months cannabis production.

Christopher Glew. Jailed for 12 months cannabis production.

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People who grow cannabis at home will be jailed, a Sheffield judge has warned.

Judge Roger Keen spoke out at Sheffield Crown Court as he jailed two South Yorkshire men for growing the Class B drug.

Father-of-three Christopher Glew, aged 25, was found to be cultivating cannabis when police raided an address at St John’s Road, Cudworth, Barnsley.

Robert Sandford, prosecuting, said that, in the basement, officers found two rooms filled with 27 plants at differing stages of maturity.

The crop could potentially have yielded a kilo of the drug – worth £8,480 on the streets.

Glew told police he bought the plants as cuttings and potted them up, cultivating them for his own use.

Jim Baird, mitigating, said: “He has been an idiot. 
“He is a heavy user of cannabis, smoking an ounce a week, so decided to grow his own. It was not a sophisticated operation.”

The court heard Glew, a builder, had split from his girlfriend over the matter and returned to live with his mother.

Glew, of Regent Street, Barnsley, admitted producing cannabis.

Judge Roger Keen jailed him for a year and told him: “If you cultivate cannabis at home – even for your own use – you go to prison.”

In another case two Polish brothers from Pond Street, Barnsley, produced £10,600 worth of cannabis.

Krystian Chlopecki, aged 30, was jailed for eight months.

His brother Bartolmiej, aged 20, was given a four-month suspended prison term, 200 hours of unpaid community work and ordered to pay £355 costs. Judge Keen said: “People who grow cannabis risk prison sentences even though it is for their own use.”