Man supplied equipment for cannabis farm

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A CANNABIS user who supplied equipment to help another man grow the drug has been given a suspended prison sentence.

Craig Tate knew plastic sheeting and fans he gave to Graham Harvey would be used in a cannabis farm, Durham Crown Court heard.

Police found about 50 plants at an address in Murton, with a possible yield of £13,000 in a “well set-up operation.”

Tate was linked to the operation by his fingerprints which were found on the items he supplied.

Tate, 26, of St Michael’s, Chilton Moor, near Houghton, admitted being concerned in the supply of a class B drug on January 3, last year.

The court heard he has previous convictions for possessing and growing cannabis, and offences of violence.

Lewis Kerr, defending, said: “Mr Tate knew what the items were to be used for, but he played no direct part in growing the cannabis. His role was limited to supplying the things he did.

“Since this offence a year ago he has turned his life around.

“He has found a proper job at Nissan, and he has taken steps to address his drugs use.”

Judge Christopher Prince jailed Tate for 12 months, suspended for a year, including 100 hours of community work.

Tate was ordered to pay £548 costs and £100 victim surcharge.

At an earlier hearing, Graham Harvey, 26, of Abbey Drive, Houghton, was jailed for 21 months.