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Drug abuser fined by court after cannabis found in West Cornforth
2:27pm Tuesday 10th September 2013 in News
POLICE found ten cannabis plans after they searched the house of a drug abuser who claimed he used the weed for relaxation.
The drugs were found in a house on Reading Street, West Cornforth, belonging to Graham Smith, 41, during the police search on June 7.
Police officers found a first floor bedroom door blocked from the inside. They forced the door open and found it had been wedged shut with a bed.
Inside the room there was cannabis growing apparatus and ten plants. No-one was in the house at the time.
Prosecutor Jonathan Bambro said the police found Smith in Ferryhill and they arrested him the next day.
Mr Bambro told Newton Aycliffe Magistrates Court that Smith had told police he had grown the drugs for his own use as it was cheaper than buying cannabis.
The magistrates were told Smith suffered from anxiety and paranoia and had a medical condition which caused headaches.
His solicitor John Clish said Smith used the cannabis to relax but that he had not used the drug since his arrest and instead now had stronger painkillers.
Smith, now of High Street, West Cornforth, pleaded guilty to a charge of producing a controlled drug of class B namely cannabis.
He was sentenced to a six-month community order and will pay £40 prosecution costs and a £60 victim surcharge. The drugs and growing equipment will be destroyed.