Ipswich cannabis grower given community order

Cannabis plants

Cannabis plants - Credit: Archant

A man who grew cannabis in his Ipswich home has been given a community order.

Martin Abbott, of Leighton Road, pleaded guilty at South East Suffolk Magistrates’ Court to producing the Class B drug.

Prosecutor Lesla Small said police executed a search warrant at the 45-year-old’s home on October 7.

They found 15 cannabis plants in a rear bedroom which were around 2ft high.

Ms Small said there was also paraphenalia to help the plants grow.


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After his arrest Abbott told police had grown a previous crop from seeds which he bought from a man in a pub.

The second crop had been grown from the seeds produced by the first set of plants.

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The court heard Abbott told officers the cannabis he had grown was for his personal use.

Magistrates were told he uses Class A drugs and spends £30 to £40 on them.

It was said Abbott uses speed and cannabis. In addition he had been a heroin user, but is currently on the drug’s substitute methadone.

Ms Small said Abbott has previous convictions and was also given a caught for producing cannabis in 1997.

Magistrates sentenced Abbott to 40 hours’ unpaid work as part of a community order. He must also undertake an activity rehabilitation requirement.

In addition Abbott must pay £85 costs and £60 to the victims’ fund.

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