Jailed: The Sunderland drug farmer who grew £16,000 worth of cannabis in his home

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A SUNDERLAND man who grew a cannabis farm in his home worth more than £16,000 has been jailed.

Jason Scott, 37, was caught with 54 plants when police officers forced entry to his home last November and smelled cannabis when they opened the door.

Police went upstairs and found a cannabis farm where 42 of the plants were close to maturity, with the remainder, found in Scott’s kitchen, still growing.

Kevin Warlaw, prosecuting, said: “When arrested and interviewed, he said he was producing the plants for his own personal use.

“However, once all 54 plants reach maturity, the total value of the haul would be £16,200.”

Scott, of Osbourne Street, Sunderland, pleaded guilty to the production of cannabis, which was found at an address in North Shields where he was living at the time.

Judge Milford QC sentenced Scott to 20 months in jail. He was also ordered to pay a £100 victim surcharge.

He also ordered the remains of the cannabis farm to be destroyed.