Addict was smoking 15 joints a day

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A cannabis addict who smoked 15 joints a day has been told to quit the drug or face prison by a Judge.

Adrian Watson, 41, was arrested by police after neighbours complained of a strong smell of gas coming from a house in Huddersfield Road, Elland.

Bradford Crown Court heard how officers at first thought there may have been a leak, but after entering the property found 24 cannabis plants and growing equipment.

They also found documents in the house with Watson’s name on and another address in Dewsbury Road, Elland, where they later found Watson as well as more cannabis.

A total of 2.24kg of the drug was found, with a street value of around £19,000.

Police experts believe there was enough cannabis to last up to 594 days, but Watson told police that his habit of 15 joints a day meant he would have got through the drug much quicker.

He admitted producing cannabis for personal use.

Kathryn Walsh, defending, told Judge Colin Burn that Watson had a serious drug problem.

“He’s not going to be able to reduce the amount of cannabis he uses as soon as he walks out of this court,” she said.

“But he knows he has a problem and perhaps that’s the first step.”

Judge Burn told Watson: “If you continue to use this level of drugs you’re running the risk of being arrested again.

“We’ve not reached the point of a custodial sentence yet but next time it’s quite likely we will.”

Watson was given a 12 month community order with 150 hours unpaid work and must pay court costs of £150.