Drug user jailed for 10 months

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A CANNABIS user previously spared jail for growing the drug has now been put behind bars for starting yet another illegal farm.

Brian Butler, 55, was given a suspended sentence in 2009 for his involvement in two crops being grown at houses in Washington.

Newcastle Crown Court heard when police raided his home at Stockton Terrace, Sunderland, in May last year officers found 40 plants at an advanced stage of growth.

Prosecutors claim the potential yield of the latest batch was up to £13,560, but Butler’s defence team say it was worth around £2,000.

Butler admitted he was growing the drug to use himself and would sell some on to pals.

Jamie Adams, defending, said Butler used the drug to ease back pain and started selling some on because of his mounting debts.

Judge Brian Forster jailed Butler for 10 months.

The judge said: “You committed the offences because you suffer from pain. You are a heavy cannabis user, but you also committed the offences because you had financial difficulties and you saw this is a means to alleviate your problems.

“You were fully aware of the suspended sentence and still you committed these offences.”

Butler had admitted producing cannabis and possessing the drug with intent to supply.