Guilty plea over cannabis charges

Calderdale Magistrates Court.
Calderdale Magistrates Court.

A man was caught growing 35 cannabis plants with an estimated street value of more than £15,000 at a property in Todmorden.

Martin Garvey, 25, of no fixed abode, admitted the charges of being concerned in the production of 35 cannabis plants, dishonestly causing to be wasted a quantity of electricity for the amount of value unknown, and causing criminal damage to a internal partition wall at the house on Boardman Street, Todmorden.

Calderdale Magistrates heard how police officers attended the house on August 7 after neighbours smelt a strong scent of cannabis.

Lisa Beadle, prosecuting, said Garvey had looked on the internet about how to grow plants and said it was unlikely for all the plants to grow in the first crop.

“However, 35 plants were grown,” she said.

“The estimated street value of the plants was over £15,000.”

Kieron Green, in mitigation, said the cannabis was being grown for Garvey’s personal use and did not expect all the plants to reach full maturity.

He was given unconditional bail and will be sentenced at Bradford Crown Court on October 31.