Cannabis cultivator faces jail term

A POT smoker who cultivated cannabis after becoming frustrated with the poor quality of drugs on sale from his dealer is today preparing for prison.

A POT smoker who cultivated cannabis after becoming frustrated with the poor quality of drugs on sale from his dealer is today preparing for prison.

Paul Day was due to learn his fate on Thursday but justices at South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court ruled that their sentencing powers were insufficient.

Magistrates can only jail an offender for a maximum of six months.

The case has been sent to the crown court, where Day will receive his punishment from a judge.

The 46-year-old was snared following a police raid at his home in Woodbridge in February.

Officers found a sophisticated operation, complete with outbuildings and two caravans in the back garden which had been modified for the production of cannabis plants.

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Electricity had also been diverted to power specialist lighting.

In total police found 36 cannabis plants and 17 seedling plants, along with 304 cannabis cuttings and a black bin liner of dried cannabis leaves.

Day, of Peterhouse Crescent, previously admitted producing cannabis, abstracting electricity without authority and possessing amphetamines.

At an earlier hearing, he argued that the drugs were for his own consumption and were not grown to be sold.

A date has yet to be set for Day's crown court hearing.

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