A man who called police after hearing noises in his house had cannabis plants hidden under the floorboards.
Christopher Wilson, 30, claimed he did not know about the plants which must have been put there by a previous tenant, South Northumbria Magistrates’ Court heard.
Paul Anderson, prosecuting, said: “He reported suspicious activity following a conversation with a neighbour. There were strange noises, and the floorboards of a bedroom in the property had been lifted.
“When police arrived they saw the remains of a cannabis farm which had been under the floor.
“Wilson told police at the time he did not know the plants were there, although he pleads guilty today so is not standing by that account.
“This offence was more than a year ago. It appears Mr Wilson moved house so did not get the summons.”
Wilson, of Madras Street, South Shields, admitted producing a class B drug in March last year.
He appeared in court in custody after being arrested on a warrant.
Kevin Smallcombe, defending, said: “There is an element of Jack and the Beanstalk about this case with Mr Wilson finding cannabis rather than magic beans.
“He did move shortly afterwards and wasn’t seeking to evade justice, he was genuinely unaware of these proceedings.
“His own cannabis use was partly due to a medical condition, but since getting proper treatment from his doctor he no longer uses illegal drugs.”
The magistrates ordered Wilson to pay fines and costs of £190.
The cannabis plants were confiscated and will be destroyed.