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Police found drugs at Weymouth home
1:00pm Thursday 5th September 2013 in News
A MAN has been handed a community order after police found cannabis plants in his garage.
Andrew Willoughby, 39, appeared at Dorchester Crown Court after admitting charges of producing and possessing cannabis.
Prosecutor Roderick Blain told the court that the charges arose after police executed a warrant at the defendant’s address in Magnolia Close, Weymouth, on the morning of July 22.
Officers found cannabis in various quantities in the house including in shoeboxes and in a carrier bag.
Mr Blain added: “In the meantime another officer had been to the garage of the property and found a tent structure containing hydroponic kit.”
He said that inside the tent were four mature plants and seven medium plants as well as a number of smaller plants while other smaller plants were also found in a wardrobe in the garage.
Mr Blain conceded that the set up did not appear to be for anything other than personal use.
He said: “There is no suggestion it is for sale or provision to other people. It is an operation solely for his own use.”
Anne Sheehan, representing Willoughby, added: “This was a small-scale operation.”
She said father-of-two Willoughby was now taking steps to address his drug taking and was ‘horrified’ at the prospect of going to prison and the impact it would have on his family, Judge Roger Jarvis said: “You must have realised you were playing with fire.
“You have put your family’s stability at real risk by these activities.”
The judge sentenced Willoughby to a 12-month community order with a requirement to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work in the community.
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