‘It worked better than I thought’ – drugs farmer jailed after ending up with £10,000 cannabis crop

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A man who produced a £10,000 cannabis crop when his first attempt at growing his own “worked better than he thought” has been jailed.

Stanley Bell had 47 plants in his home in Collingwood Street, South Shields, which he initially claimed were to produce drugs for his own use.

At Newcastle Crown Court the 52-year-old pleaded guilty to producing a Class B drug and eventually admitted he would be likely to have sold some of the crop on.

Vic Laffey, defending, said: “The cannabis was for his own use but the first attempt at hand growing it worked better than he thought it was going to work.

“He ended up with far more than he could have used and the likelihood is it would have been sold on.”

Bell was jailed for two years and nine months.

Mr Recorder Lowe told him: “You know I have to pass a prison sentence.”

The court heard Bell has previous convictions and has been recalled to prison until 2020 on licence from an earlier sentence.