Cannabis grower 'much more than a gardener'
A DRUG user who tried to grow cannabis plants to pay off a previous debt to dealers has been jailed for two-and-a-half years.
The crop failed but £4,500 cash was found at his home, Grimsby Crown Court heard.
Haroon Elkish, 26, of Sutcliffe Avenue, Grimsby, admitted being concerned in producing cannabis on May 15.
The court heard that Elkish had been renting a house in Lime Street, Grimsby, at the time.
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Police found the remnants of 29 cannabis plants which had died before their potential yield could be harvested.
The estimated yield if the plants had survived was likely to have been about £11,600.
Phillip Evans, prosecuting, claimed that Elkish's role was "much more than that of a gardener".
Elkish claimed to have been acting under pressure from others but refused to name those involved, said Mr Evans.
Police found £4,500 cash at the premises and this would be confiscated.
Mr Evans claimed that Elkish was "in the process of marketing these drugs on a commercial basis".
Richard Hackfath, mitigating, said Elkish claimed he grew the plants for his drug supplier to offset the money he owed for previous deals.
He admitted he would have received some payment for growing the plants.
He had no previous convictions for drug- related matters.
He had been working hard running his own tree surgery and garden clearance business, said Mr Hackfath.