A TEENAGE cannabis farmer was found out when police sniffed out the drug in his South Tyneside home.
When police turned up at Aaron Giles’ home in Richardson Avenue, South Shields, to question him about a suspected crime, they could smell cannabis coming from inside the flat.
A search revealed all the equipment needed to set up a cannabis farm, though no plants were found.
Giles, 19, confessed to the officers that he had grown seven cannabis plants to smoke himself.
He pleaded guilty to a charge of attempting to possess cannabis at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.
Glenda Beck, prosecuting, said: “Officers went to search Richardson Avenue and Giles was arrested on suspicion of something else, then officers thought they could smell cannabis.
“They found the remains of a cannabis farm including hydroponic equipment, lamps and heaters. He was then arrested for this and admitted setting up a cannabis farm. He said he smokes cannabis to help with mental health problems and it was getting to expensive so he grew seven plants to smoke himself.”
The court heard Giles, who has a one-month-old son, is already on a community order after headbutting one of his girlfriend’s pals when she refused to leave his house.
His girlfriend had been hosting an Ann Summers party, but he asked the guests to leave. When one refused, he attacked her.
Val Bell, defending, said: “He is a young man who has been in trouble before but is turning his life around. He was frank with the police and there was no cannabis in the house when they were there.
Magistrates gave Giles, who received a PoSBO (Positive Social Behaviour Order) award in December for working with young disabled people while on an order with the Youth Offending Service, a 12-month community order with £50 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.