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Drug addict dad converted Stoke-on-Trent home into cannabis factory



Drug addict dad converted Stoke-on-Trent home into cannabis factory



David Mason grew the plants to write off his £3,000 drug debt



David Mason


Drug-user David Mason grew thousands of pounds of cannabis in his Stoke-on-Trent home.

The 34-year-old was arrested after police raided his Baddeley Green address.

Officers discovered a drugs factory with a total of 35 plants.

Now Mason has been handed a 10-month prison sentence suspended for 18 months at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court.

Prosecutor Paul Spratt said police visited the defendant's property on January 30 last year.

He said: "He was growing 35 plants and anticipated a financial gain from the cannabis to write off his £3,000 debt. 


"Somebody bypassed the electricity in the street causing significant disturbance. In interview he said it was for personal use and he was uncooperative in every sense.

"We will order forfeiture and destruction of the plants."

Mason, who now lives in Noble Street, Wem, Shropshire, pleaded guilty to producing cannabis.

The court heard that Mason was struggling with a drug problem at the time.

Mark Nicholls, mitigating, said: "It could have got worse, but it didn't and from the time he was arrested he has done all he can to correct things.


"His children were taken away from him and rather than dealing with that like he should have done, he took to taking a lot of drugs. He built up this debt. 

"He doesn't take any Class A drugs anymore and he has tried to right the wrongs. He now speaks to his children daily and sees them every other weekend.

"He's moved away to Shropshire, away from all of the people he was seeing and he has a new relationship. He's a hardworking father, take a chance on him."

Judge Paul Glenn told him: "You're 34-years-old, you have convictions going back to 2004. There are some significant gaps in your offending. 


"A gap from 2007 to 2011 and another gap up until 2018. You are capable of keeping out of trouble. When police attended this house, you were the tenancy of the house and inside police found 35 plants and a number of rooms had been converted with specialist lighting.

"When you were interviewed you chose to make no comment. You had ample opportunity to put forward the account that you now put forward that you were put up to it to clear a debt.

"The yield of this crop was significant, 3.67 kilos. You needed to pay off a drug debt of £3,000 and you agreed to grow the plants. You claim that you're now free of class A drugs.

"You did not in fact receive any money from your involvement but that was the motivation for this. You are holding down two jobs."

The defendant was also handed a 30-day rehabilitation activity requirement and 180 hours unpaid work.









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