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Dudley cannabis gardener avoids jail
4:09pm Thursday 6th September 2012 in News
A 26 YEAR-old Dudley man who was a gardener at a cannabis farm capable of producing £33,000 worth of the controlled drug in a year has been spared jail.
The farm - inside a house at Walsall - contained 44 plants that had annual potential yield of around three kilo's of cannabis, said Mr Andrew Molloy prosecuting.
He told Wolverhampton Crown Court there was a full hydroponic system for the plants inside two rooms in the property and they could have "provided a significant quantity" of the drug for commercial
Robert Jednorog of Pearce Close, admitted producing cannabis and was given a 12 month jail term suspended for two years.
Mr Peter Arnold defending Polish-born Jednorog, who was also told to carry out 200 hours unpaid work in the community, said he had already spent 108 days behind bars since his arrest - the
equivalent of an eight month jail term.
He described Jednorog as a "vulnerable" individual who had been drifting around before he was approached by someone and asked to look after the cannabis plants.
It was because he was in a fragile state and needing money that he agreed to the suggestion, said Mr Arnold. "He was exploited
Judge Helen Hughes told Jednorog it was clear he was a man who wanted to work and, for that reason, she said she was just able to avoid sending him back to prison.
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