Cannabis plants were being grown in tent in living room

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Police discovered a cannabis crop growing in a tent in a man’s living room when they executed a search warrant at his flat.

Officers seized 16 mature plants with an estimated street production value of £8,160 as well as 60 cuttings from the “factory” in Wayne Vasey’s home in Cromwell Heights, Lincoln Green, Leeds.

Carmel Pearson, prosecuting, told Leeds Crown Court yesterday Vasey already had a previous conviction in 2011 for producing cannabis.

He told officers he had a cannabis habit and had got into debt to his supplier and was growing the drug to pay him off.

Mark Foley, representing Vasey, 24, said on the previous occasion he had only grown for his own use.

After his conviction, Vasey had then got into debt to the person supplying him and because he had limited social skills was vulnerable to the pressure put on him.

The equipment used to grow the plants had been supplied to him and all he had to do was water and put the lights on.

“It is sad and unfortunate this young man finds himself in this position,” he said.

Vasey admitted producing cannabis and was jailed for two and a half years.

Judge Sally Cahill QC said had the plants not been seized he would undoubtedly have grown his next crop from the cuttings. “You knew exactly what you were doing and that growing cannabis is something that is not permitted by law,” she said.

“It seems to me you had understanding of the operation and were motivated by financial advantage, that was the reduction in your debt for cannabis.”