POLICE uncovered a drug farm after being sent round to a house to search for a dead body.
A suspicious neighbour called 999 thinking they saw a body wrapped in sheeting being removed from the premises in Davis Walk, Horden, on November 29.
But when officers arrived they discovered it was actually the harvest from a cannabis crop grown at the house, Durham Crown Court was told. Chris Baker, prosecuting, said 33 plant pots were found with a street value of more than £8,400.
Fingerprints of Michael Anthony Pratt, who lived at the address at the time, were found on some of the equipment.
Pratt initially claimed he allowed travellers to whom he was in debt, to grow the cannabis at his home.
The court was told the UK Border Agency later intercepted a package containing 1,750 capsules of the tranquilliser temazepam, sent from Lahore in Pakistan, addressed to Pratt.
Pratt, 27, of Eleventh Street, Horden, admitted producing a class B drug, and being concerned in the supply plus importation of a class C drug and was jailed for 18 months.