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MAN WHO GREW NEARLY 700 CANNABIS PLANTS IN HIS GARDEN SHED CLAIMS THEY WERE FOR PERSONAL USE, BUT HE GOT 'CARRIED AWAY'

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MAN WHO GREW NEARLY 700 CANNABIS PLANTS IN HIS GARDEN SHED CLAIMS THEY WERE FOR PERSONAL USE, BUT HE GOT 'CARRIED AWAY'

 

67-year-old man said he had nearly 700 cannabis plants growing in his garden shed because he needed to ease his chronic pain which could not be helped with other medication.

Police raided the house of Charles Nichols from North Pickenham, Norfolk, in eastern England in February 2018, after a drone alerted officers to heat coming from the site.

Nichols initially told police he was breeding birds and that he was growing cannabis but there were only about 200 plants there.

However officers discovered a sophisticated set up, which included hydroponic equipment, lights and 693 plants, together with herbal cannabis in bags, the Eastern Daily Press reported.

 

Nichols said he had got "carried away" after getting the idea for cannabis cultivation on Netflix.

"I saw a television programme about cannabis and how it can help people and I got information from the internet," he said.

However, Martin Ivory, prosecuting, said they were "sceptical" about Nichols' explanation given £4,500 ($5,600) had been spent on setting up the cannabis operation.

Judge Stephen Holt said he believed that a dealer was behind the cultivation of such a large quantity of cannabis and that it was unlikely the accused was growing it solely for his personal use.

Representing Nichols, Emma Reed said that her client was sorry for his actions and his age and medical conditions would make any jail term particularly difficult for him, according to the BBC.

 

Nichols, 67, and his wife were charged with production of cannabis and illegally abstracting electricity between January 2017 and February 2018.

Nichols' age was taken into account and he was given a two-year jail sentence, suspended for two years. His wife received a not guilty verdict.

Also in the United Kingdom, a police drone led officers to a large cannabis factory in Sixmilecross, County Tyrone, in Northern Ireland. A sophisticated operation spread across two houses was discovered earlier this month, according to the Belfast Telegraph.

 

Unlike in some states in the U.S., cannabis is illegal to possess, grow, distribute, sell or grow in the U.K. and those breaking the law can get a maximum of five years in prison, an unlimited fine, or both.

In the U.S., the Surgeon General Jerome Adams has warned about the growing strength of cannabis, and the higher concentration of its key ingredient THC, in recreational marijuana products sold in states such as Colorado, Washington, California and Massachusetts.

He issued a joint statement in August with Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar which warned people that despite the majority of states easing restrictions on cannabis use it was still a "dangerous drug."

 

https://www.newsweek.com/cannabis-marijuana-norfolk-1458717

 

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Heat from the shed was detected by a police drone

 

Interesting :naughty: so much for police don't use heat detection equipment to look for large scale grows :ermm:

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U ok @stu914?

Just kidding.

;)

 

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14 minutes ago, Poisonata said:

Heat from the shed was detected by a police drone

 

Interesting :naughty: so much for police don't use heat detection equipment to look for large scale grows :ermm:

 

If the guy wasn't paying for his electric I wouldn't be surprised if it was the leccy company. They're bastards, I have no doubt that they would use a drone to rat someone out, it would be under the guise of "searching for the problem" once they discovered a large amount of power was being used but not paid for.

 

I wonder why he guys wife was charged too, seems harsh if he owned up to it. 

 

Also I love where it says "only 200 plants" that's some feat in a shed!! 

 

Can't think why he would risk it all by not paying his bills, it's a sure fire way to get found out. They don't like it when the pennies don't add up. Like I said..bastards

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27 minutes ago, Phoenix said:

U ok @stu914?

Just kidding.

;)

 

Hi bud, hope you're well,

 

I've not been growing for a few months now, been waiting to move house so it wasn't worth starting anything. We're moving this weekend so within a couple of weeks

I'll be set up in my new mahoooosive shed....there'll be washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer in there as well, fuck them and their phoney heat seeking bullshit.

First there is a grass, there nearly always is....depending on the strength of the info, they may decide to investigate which could well involve the use of drones,

as for them floating about over people's sheds hoping to get lucky, I doubt it...:no:

 

atb

 

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 no jail term for 700 plants is good news I suppose, how big was the shed I wonder

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Must of been a big bastard of a shed 693 girls in there..:headpain:

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54 minutes ago, stu914 said:

I'll be set up in my new mahoooosive shed....there'll be washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer in there as well, fuck them and their phoney heat seeking bullshit.

Spot on mate, just pay the bills and no worries.

How many are you planning for your mahoooosive shed?

Myself I am limited to my bungalow, right now a total of only 13 plants, only 4 of them in flower lol 

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2 hours ago, Poisonata said:

Heat from the shed was detected by a police drone

 

Interesting :naughty: so much for police don't use heat detection equipment to look for large scale grows :ermm:

 

Good point. That used to be true when expensive helicopters were the only way to spot suspicious heat signatures of buildings.

 

Drones make it cheap and easy to monitor for excess heat. Indeed the entire process could be automated, with algorithms deciding if a heat signature is suspicious and issuing search warrants and bashing in doors accordingly.

 

If we are not already in this dystopian nightmare we will be soon.

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Wouldn't worry about drones, I don't believe it's anything more than propaganda tbh. Probably just got grassed on by some cunt. Know of more than one place that's running lights in the double figure range. Has had police helicopters going over it at night plenty of times and never been an issue. 

 

Norfork ay, well my sources tell me that gw pharma place up there is completely empty of plants? Mate said maybe they've had a crop down but course you'd expect it to happen in stages. 

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4 hours ago, stummer said:

Wouldn't worry about drones, I don't believe it's anything more than propaganda tbh. Probably just got grassed on by some cunt.

 

And I'm completely inclined to believe you. An incident about less than a year ago got me thinking however. Bearing in mind this was before even considered growing. Sat in back garden with wife late evening, dusk. Suddenly aware of low flying object hovering very close to the house. Is that a drone my wife remarked, gave off very distinct high pitch whine. It has to be said know very little about drones. My concern at the time was this was some hobbyist flying a drone over residential properties far too close as it's illegal to use a drone within X yards residential properties and/or specific areas in UK. Remarked if it got any closer I'd be getting the Webley out and remove it from sky permanently. Clearly hovering and observing a structure close to our property although such a benign structure at the time couldn't understand why anyone would be interested. Lights underneath which periodically changed from red to another colour, possibly green don't remember as it moved round the building. There for good five minutes then left at an incredible speed. First and only encounter with a drone. Thinking back now I do wonder if it was looking for something specific, change in lighting. But it may have been a hobbyist who know. Certainly was a large drone, that much I do remember.

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rippers are apparently using drones to find grows.

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Average drone battery life was 10-12mins

last time I checked, batteries can be bought in multiples and switched out quick enough but still it would make for an inefficient way of searching large areas?

 

I tend to agree they were acting on information given, they might of used a drone to confirm but they'd need to get lucky to find one solely on the back of a drone search i think.

 

Unless battery life has been significantly extended, I suppose larger drones can carry larger battery packs but that would limit the amount of other equipment they can carry, cameras etc..

 

Maybe the police drones are more efficient than the ones commercially available.?  I know some countries are utilising them for crop spraying now which would require a large lift capacity and extended flight time so maybe I am underestimating there capabilities somewhat.

 

Still, a grass sounds far more likely.

 

Hats off to the guy though, that must be some size shed! 

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6 hours ago, Bustin Jieber said:

rippers are apparently using drones to find grows.

 

Far easier and more likely that they are just running up on people who've broken 1 or the 3 rules. Apart from the odd skint kids or Chinese whispers making them think there's more. Most rippers wouldn't bother risking the bird or drama for a 1 or 2 light grow imo. Plus they'd want to know they are timing it right, which is why breaking the 3 rules seems more likely. 

 

Fuck them and their propaganda, end of the day it ain't a hanging offence is it.

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Can't help but notice most of these busts involve lecky being being nicked like.

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