Drug user avoids jail threat
AN Ipswich drug user who turned his wardrobe into a cannabis nursery has been told he won't be jailed.Police discovered 10 four foot high cannabis plants in Shane Lakey's wardrobe after he gave them the keys to his flat South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court heard.
AN Ipswich drug user who turned his wardrobe into a cannabis nursery has been told he won't be jailed.
Police discovered 10 four foot high cannabis plants in Shane Lakey's wardrobe after he gave them the keys to his flat South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court heard.
Lesla Small, prosecuting, said: “The wardrobe was lined with silver foil. There were hydroponics and lights and everything set up.”
Ms Small said Lakey of St Clement's Church Lane was found by police close to his home “acting in an erratic manner and stating he wanted to die”.
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Ms Small said an ambulance was called and the 25-year-old asked police to see if somebody was at his flat and gave them his keys.
Ms Small said: “The other person was not in the flat but officers heard a noise coming from the wardrobe”.
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Unemployed Lakey pleaded guilty to cultivating cannabis on April 3 this year. He told police he grew it for his own personal use but realised it was illegal.
John Hughes, mitigating, said his client suffered from chronic depression. He said: “He has had a considerable drug dependency in the past for amphetamines rather than heroin or crack-cocaine.
“He uses cannabis on a daily basis. He says 'I smoke cannabis like other people smoke cigarettes. It assists me with depression and keeps me off Class A drugs'.”
Mr Hughes said Lakey also preferred smoking his own home grown drugs because he knew it was not mixed with anything harmful.
Magistrates adjourned Lakey's case until June 9 when he is due to be sentenced.
A pre-sentence report was ordered. He was told prison would not be an option and he was released from court on unconditional bail.