Dad used internet to set up cannabis farm as he ‘didn’t want to be prey to drug dealers’

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A DAD produced a £5,000 cannabis farm in his own home - as he didn’t want to ‘be prey’ to drug dealers, a court heard.

Mohsin Al-Sayyadi researched how to grow the Class B drug on the internet before setting up production in the loft of his South Tyneside flat.

Four years ago he had a breakdown and turned to smoking cannabis. He didn’t want to be prey to drug dealers.

Ian Cruikshank, defending

But the 28-year-old was caught out when police swooped at his former property in Canterbury Street, South Shields.

Al-Sayyadi, now of Westoe Road, South Shields, pleaded guilty to producing a controlled drug at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.

Police found 21 cannabis plants - with an estimated street value of up to £5,800.

Magistrates committed sentencing to Newcastle Crown Court.

The court heard that Sayyadi smoked cannabis after suffering mental health problems, and produced the drugs for his own use.

Rehana Haque, prosecuting, said: “Officers carried out a search at the property under the Misuse of Drugs Act on January 8.

“The defendant was observed emerging from the loft of the flat.

“Police found 21 cannabis plants growing in the loft.

“The estimated street value was between £4,640 and £5,800.

“He was arrested and in interview with police he said he had looked on the internet to see how to grow cannabis.”

Ian Cruickshank, defending, said: “He is a married man with two children.

“Four years ago he had a breakdown and turned to smoking cannabis.

“He didn’t want to be prey to drug dealers.

“The plants were at an early stage of growth.

“He has wrongly decided to go down this road.

“He has come before you and pleaded guilty on the first occasion.

“He is entitled to credit for that.”

Magistrates decided their powers of sentencing were insufficient to deal with the case.

They committed sentencing to Newcastle Crown Court, on a date to be decided in the week commencing April 27.

Al-Sayyadi was granted unconditional bail until then.