Drugs grower got tips from internet

Ian Harrison, 37, of Stonemount, Lancaster, jailed for 10 months for producing cannabis

Ian Harrison, 37, of Stonemount, Lancaster, jailed for 10 months for producing cannabis

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A man who told police he cultivated a cannabis farm after watching “how to” videos on You Tube has been jailed for 10 months.

Ian Harrison, of Stonewell, Lancaster, was arrested after police raided his home on December 3 last year, Preston Crown Court heard.

Officers found he was using two rooms to grow cannabis, and seized a hydroponic set up and a set of scales.

Investigators took 31 plants with a street value of up to £14,000 from his flat, Preston Crown Court heard.

Harrison, who wore a grey hoodie and purple shirt, insisted he had grown the drug to fund his own habit after becoming depressed and isolated from friends.

But the Crown did not accept the amount was just for his personal use because there were more than 28 plants.Prosecuting, Jeremy Groutsmith said: “The defendant says he was producing cannabis for his own use but would have supplied to his friends if he had been asked to.

“The Crown is not content with that basis.

“The 31 plants found in the defendants bedroom would have been over a kilo of cannabis bush, known as skunk, with a value of between £7,000 and £14,000.

“The defendant said he had a cannabis habit in which eh smoked an ounce a day. He said he had bought the scales to ensure he was not being defrauded by people he had bought it from in the past.”

Harrison told Judge Stuart Baker he had been growing the drug on and off for nine years and had decided to take it more seriously after realising he was being ripped off by dealers. The 37-year-old admitted he had watched internet videos on how to grow it.