Drugs farm in addict’s home

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A MAN who turned his home into a “disorganised” cannabis factory has avoided prison after telling the judge he has turned his life around.

Police arrived at the former home of 24 year-old Michael Mawdsley at Union Street, West Vale, in September 2009 after a tip-off from neighbours.

They found 30 small cannabis plants in a bedroom, large plants in the attic and two packs of the class B drug valued at £1,400.

Bradford Crown Court was told the messy house had been turned into a “disorganised” drugs factory.

Gerald Hendron, representing Mawdsley, said his client had turned his life around. “He was in a very different place then from where he is today,” he said.

When he was arrested, Mawdsley was heavily addicted to cannabis and amphetamines.

Mawdsley, who now lives at Grange Heights, Southowram, admitted producing cannabis.

Judge James Goss said: “Your whole life seems to have been dictated by the desire to consume these drugs.

“You dedicated your life to cultivating cannabis, albeit in a disorganised way. Things have changed since then. I recognise that you had problems in your life at the time that doesn’t provide an excuse, but it does provide an explanation.”

He gave him a 26 week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months.

Officers also found an English bull terrier, which later had to be destroyed because of the horrific condition it had been left in.

The dog had a severe skin infection, leaving blood dripping from its skin and was 30 per cent underweight.

The pictures of the pet’s condition were too horrific to print.

Appearing at Calderdale Magistrates’ Court last year he was given a two-year community order with supervision, a six-month curfew and ordered to pay £250 in costs.