Crooks stole crop from grower’s Sunderland cannabis farm

Cannabis farmer Damion McGann.
Cannabis farmer Damion McGann.
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A cannabis grower is back behind bars after police found the aftermath of his drugs farm after unsavoury individuals stole the crop from under his nose.

Damion McGann, 34, was left with only the stalks of his plants, after crooks helped themselves to his lovingly cultivated crop, Sunderland magistrates heard.

He said he ran into a lot of trouble with two persons who had taken the cannabis plants and what remained were the stalks and a leaf on the floor

Prosecutor Paul Doney

Police searched McGann’s home on May 5, after officers smelled cannabis coming from the property, in Ancona Street, Pallion, Sunderland.

Prosecutor Paul Doney said the walls of one of the bedrooms were covered in tin foil and there was high-intensity lighting and induction heating, connected to a timer switch.

McGann was arrested and later admitted producing a Class B drug when he appeared in court.

“Mr McGann was interviewed and confirmed the plants were his,” Mr Doney added.

“He said he ran into a lot of trouble with two persons who had taken the cannabis plants and what remained were the stalks and a leaf on the floor.”

Ian Haq, defending, said: “He had planned to grow cannabis for his own personal use.

“But, unfortunately, for Mr McGann, these individuals had become aware of the plants and had stripped the plants prior to police arriving and, as a result, people other than Mr McGann had enjoyed them.”

McGann had been released on licence while serving the remainder of a prison sentence for another matter at the time of his arrest, the court heard.

As a result, he was in breach of his licence conditions, and the wheels had been set in motion to recall him to custody to serve the remainder of the sentence.

McGann was sentenced to 26 weeks’ imprisonment, suspended for 12 months. The court heard he would be taken into custody the same day.