Barnstaple man grew enough cannabis for 13,500 cigarettes
A DRUG user produced enough cannabis to smoke 13,520 marijuana cigarettes which would last 844 days if smoked continuously, a court has heard.
Simon Scane, 40, owns two houses in Barnstaple, both of which were searched on February 25 under the Misuse of Drugs Act.
At one property in Speedwell Close officers found lighting equipment, plant pots, drying nets containing cannabis, gloves, plant food and bin liners full of stalks.
A second search at Scane’s main property in Highbury Road revealed a Tupperware container with more cannabis and five foil wraps containing a “crystalline substance.”
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Scane appeared in court charged with production of cannabis and possession of both amphetamine and MDMA.
In interview Scane told police that the property in Speedwell Close belonged to his wife and had been rented out until December 2012.
It was in the process of being redecorated when Scane decided to start growing cannabis without his wife’s knowledge.
The court heard Scane had claimed the cannabis was being used for his own use and refuted the quantities recorded by the police.
Lyndsey Baker, for the prosecution, told magistrates a drugs liaison officer had weighed the drugs.
She calculated in total Scane had grown enough cannabis to make 13,520 spliffs which, if smoked non-stop, would last 844 days, or 2.3 years.
But Tim Hook, for the defence, said the figures had been completely distorted, adding the only usable cannabis found was in the drying nets and that the stalks were due to be thrown out.
“There were 16 pots with 16 plants. There were two bin bags containing leaf and stalk and two nets containing the female flowering buds,” said Mr Hook.
He added: “The cannabis consuming public have become discernible in that all they smoke are the female flowering buds. All the rest are regularly discarded and indeed the defendant had put the leaf and stalk in big bags in order that they would be got rid of.”
Mr Hook said the weight of usable cannabis would have been around 640 grams, which equates to the weight stated by the CPS before the drug is dried.
Due to the large quantities stated magistrates sent Scane’s case to be dealt with at Exeter Crown Court on September 19.