£70,000 of cannabis in a bedroom

Police called to a house in Boothtown. Halifax, discovered more than eight-and-a-half kilos of cannabis worth £70,000 on the streets, a court heard.

Anthony Simms, 37, had been pressured into letting his house in Ellenroyd Street be used for storing and cutting the drug, said prosecutor Chloe Hudson.

She said police from the major inquiry team had investigated Simms’ explanation for the cannabis being at his home and they believed his property was being used, rather than him being involved in the supply of the drug. Miss Hudson said Simms told police he had got into debt with drug dealers and they knew he had a spare bedroom.

During a search of the house, officers found just over 20 grammes of cocaine which Simms accepted was his own.

He admitted allowing his premises to be used for the production of cannabis and possessing cocaine.

Recorder Sophie Drake at Bradford Crown Court said he had played an important part in the drugs supply chain, but she accepted he had been storing the material for someone to whom he owed a drugs debt.

After reading what she described as impressive letters put forward on Simms’s behalf, she sentenced him to 12 months, suspended for two years.

Simms will have to do 250 hours’ unpaid work and he will also be tagged and face a curfew between 7pm and 6am.