POLICE found a small cannabis farm after raiding a house in Easington Lane.
Nine plants of Class B drug were discovered at the home of Nigel Watson, on February 15.
Officers uncovered the mature plants growing in and out building of the house, in Rydal Avenue.
Prosecutor Paul Doney told Sunderland Magistrates’ Court that specialist heating and lighting equipment was also recovered.
Watson pleaded guilty to production of cannabis.
Susan Grey, defending, said the 41-year-old had planted the drugs to save money on his £40-a-week cannabis habit.
She added: “His lack of employment led him to think he could save money by growing cannabis.
“He invested £400 in the equipment to grow these nine plants, and hoped with good cultivation, he might have to save getting in touch with dealers in drugs for at least a year. They were in an outhouse which the family did not have access to.
“His use of cannabis has not landed him in trouble with the police or courts before.”
Sunderland magistrates imposed a £110 fine and ordered Watson pay £85 towards court costs and a £20 victim surcharge.
They also ordered that the cannabis plants should be destroyed.