POLICE sniffed out a crime when they visited the home of a man who was growing his own cannabis plants.
Officers were visiting Paul Richardson’s house in relation to another matter when they smelled cannabis.
A search of the property uncovered two cannabis plants being grown with the assistance of a halogen bulb.
Richardson, of Asbourne Road, Jarrow, pleaded guilty to producing a Class B controlled drug at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court yesterday.
Sarah Guest, prosecuting, said: “The defendant’s address was attended by officers on Sunday, January 19, in relation to something else.
“They smelled cannabis and after a search found two plants two feet tall and a halogen light.
“He said he was growing the plants for his own personal use.”
Paul Kennedy, defending, said that Richardson was previously a heroin user, and has been smoking the cannabis to help beat his craving for the drug.
Mr Kennedy said: “The reason he is using cannabis more regularly is when he has quiet moments in the house he doesn’t want to go back to heroin.
“His craving needs to be controlled and this is how he is trying to control it.”
The 28-year-old was given a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £15.