Police smelled cannabis through door

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A DRUG user who grew his own cannabis supply has been spared jail.

 Police found plants in a bedroom and a cupboard at Andrew Robson’s home at Canon Cockin Street, Hendon, Sunderland, when they raided the property.

 Newcastle Crown Court heard officers had gone to his address after receiving a tip-off that something was going on inside.

 Prosecutor Malinda Blackburn said: “As police opened the letterbox there was a smell of cannabis.

 “He was cautioned and arrested.

 “In interview he admitted he had been growing plants for about three months – he said for his own – use and he made no financial gain.”

 Robson, 31, admitted producing cannabis.

 Prosecutors accept the crop was not a “sophisticated farm” and that Robson had been growing the drug for his own use.

The court heard the 42 plants recovered would have produced about 500g of the Class B drug.

Mr Recorder Andrew Stubbs sentenced Robson to 26 weeks’ imprisonment, suspended for 12 months.

 Robson will be supervised for six months and will have to carry out 60 hours of unpaid work.