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Jail for Kestrel Close cannabis grower

Posted on Monday 27th February 2012 at 3:09 pm by SH (Editor)

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A Patchway man who allowed his garage to be turned into a makeshift cannabis factory has been jailed for 15 months at Bristol Crown Court, reports the Evening Post.

Paul Townsend, 36, of Kestrel Close, had been arrested after his garage caught fire in September last year.

Firefighters attending the blaze alerted the police and Townsend subsequently admitted growing 34 plants on behalf of a friend, who had promised to pay him £10,000 from the sale of the drugs.

Townsend pleaded guilty to production of cannabis and one count of abstracting electricity.

The court was told that Townsend had run up debts of £20,000 after losing his job in 2010.

Judge William Hart said:

“This was a sophisticated set up and clearly a commercial enterprise and an immediate prison sentence is unavoidable.”

The judge ordered the forfeiture and destruction of the drugs.

Read more: Father let his garage be used as cannabis factory

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Jail sentence for Bradley Road cannabis grower

Posted on Tuesday 24th January 2012 at 9:40 am by SH (Editor)

Patchway in the press

A Patchway man has been jailed for 18 months after he pleaded guilty to growing cannabis for “self-medication”, reports the Bristol Evening Post.

Luke Bickford had been arrested in September 2011 following a police raid that discovered 48 cannabis plants growing in a back room at his Bradley Road home.

The raid followed a tip-off and a check by the police helicopter, which detected a “warm roof” at the property.

The plants found were said have a potential yield of 3.9kg, valued at £39,000.

Bristol Crown Court was also told that the electricity meter at the property had been bypassed.

The judge ordered the drugs and growing equipment be destroyed.

Read more: Rugby player jailed for growing drugs (Evening Post)

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Man arrested for drugs offence after police stop car in Patchway

Posted on Monday 19th December 2011 at 4:04 pm by SH (Editor)

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A man has been arrested for possession of illegal drugs after he attempted to run away after a car was stopped by police in Patchway.

The officers involved were working on Operation Tonic, Avon and Somerset Police’s Christmas anti-drink/drug driving campaign that was launched recently at Aztec West.

Later, at the police station, the man was found to be in possession of cannabis, and records showed he was wanted for making threats to kill and was also linked to five burglaries.

More than a hundred people are facing a licence-free New Year after being arrested for drink or drugs driving in Avon and Somerset in the run-up to Christmas.

Over the weekend traffic officers arrested 37 people, taking the total to 136 since the force’s Operation Tonic campaign began on Thursday 1st December.

The total number of vehicles stopped stands at 7,813 and the number of breath tests given is 1138.

Fourteen text messages have been received giving information about suspected drink or drug drivers.

More: Police ask the public to shop a drink/drug driver by texting »

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Man jailed for growing cannabis at Cranbourne Road property

Posted on Wednesday 5th October 2011 at 8:58 am by SH (Editor)

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A Southmead man has been jailed for being involved in the running of a cannabis factory at a house in Cranbourne Road, Patchway, reports the Bristol Evening Post.

Police officers executing a warrant at the property found cannabis plants being grown in special tents in a back bedroom as well as the loft, Bristol Crown Court heard.

Paul Donegan, 32, was arrested after his DNA was found on a discarded cigarette end at the property. He later admitted to police that he had rented the premises for a year.

Donegan was jailed for nine months after pleading guilty to being concerned in the production of a class B drug and abstracting electricity.

Read more: DNA on cigarette end led to cannabis man

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