Cannabis in Halifax house sniffed out by neighbours

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A man has been given a community order after neighbours helped sniff out a cannabis factory at a house in Halifax.

Romaine James was renting the mid-terrace property in Surrey Street for about four months before police executed a search warrant at the house in April.

Prosecutor Rachael Sewell told a judge at Bradford Crown Court yesterday (Monday) that the police had received a number of reports about the premises in the five weeks leading up to the raid.

When officers arrived at the house they could smell cannabis from outside and during a search they found about 50 plants in various rooms.

Although about half of the plants were in a poor state there were 25 healthy ones and a forensic scientist estimated that just over a kilo of cannabis, worth about £9,600, could have been produced.

Miss Sewell said the only furniture in the house was a mattress, but police found other growing equipment including plant food, lighting, plastic sheeting and fans.

James, 25 - who now lives in Tenter Hill Lane, Sheepridge, Huddersfield - made no comment during his police interview, but he pleaded guilty to permitting his premises to be used for growing cannabis.

The court heard he had no previous convictions and Judge John Potter said the guidelines for such offending was a high level community order.

As part of the 12-month order James will have to do 120 hours unpaid work for the community and he will be subject to a night-time home curfew for the next two months.

The judge ordered the destruction of all the cannabis plants seized as well as the growing equipment.