Cannabis farmer was caught growing drug plants in a tent

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A CANNABIS farmer who was caught growing 100 plants in a tent has been ordered to carry out unpaid work.

Ray Charles, 44, was charged after police visiting a house in St Peter’s Avenue, Sowerby Bridge, found the crops in a bedroom.

Phlip Adams, prosecuting at Bradford Crown Court, said Charles told them he smoked cannabis as pain relief for his arthritic knee.

He said he had shared the costs and the crops with two other people.

Charles, of Moins Close, Mixenden, admitted producing the class B drug.

His barrister Giles Bridge said he was now using physiotherapy for his knee pain.

Recorder Paul Isaacs noted that the discovery had been made by chance and said it was the fifth or sixth such case he had dealt with in a week.

He said: “It really shows that the growing of cannabis in this part of the world is endemic.”

He sentenced Charles to a 12-month community order and told him he must do 100 hours’ unpaid work.

He told him: “You must understand, and I hope the message goes out, even though it appears to be a victimless crime it is still against the law.”