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Security guard fined for growing £3,800 of cannabis in home
1:30pm Friday 13th September 2013 in News
A SECURITY guard who grew 17 cannabis plants with an estimated street value of £3,800 has been fined by the courts.
Drug abuser Nicholas Peterson, 25, of Toronto, near Bishop Auckland, was found to be growing the plants at his home on Newton Grange.
Police executed a search warrant to investigate the house on May 16 and officers found the drugs in the loft area.
Peterson, who provides security at hospitals, pleaded guilty at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates Court to a charge of producing a controlled drug today (Friday, September 13).
Prosecutor Louise Harrison said: “He told the police that he was solely responsible for growing it and he said it was for his own use.
“The total amount seized came to 666.6g of cannabis, or 17 plants, which has an estimated value of £3,800.”
Emma Richards, defending, said: “He is extremely remorseful and he accepts that this was a very foolish thing to do.
“No-one else was involved and he is of previously good character and he has no convictions against him.”
Magistrates imposed a £200 fine for the offence and Peterson will pay £85 prosecution costs and a £20 victim surcharge.
The drugs were forfeited and will be destroyed by the police.
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