Plymouth man grew cannabis at home
A MAN was caught growing his own cannabis with a potential value of more than £4,500, a court heard.
Steven Bray, aged 28, was found with eight plants at his former home which would have yielded drugs with a street value of £4,680, Plymouth magistrates were told.
He told the court it was a "stupid mistake".
Bray, now homeless, admitted producing eight mature cannabis plants on July 21.
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Angela Furniss, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said police called at his previous address in Clifton Place, Greenbank, on another matter.
She said officers smelt cannabis and found a small hydroponic set-up in his bedroom.
Mrs Furniss said police found eight mature female plants and calculated that they could yield cannabis with a street value of £4,680.
She added Bray told police he did not supply anyone else, but grew his own drugs to save money because he had a large cannabis habit.
Mrs Furniss said he claimed it was the first time he had grown his own drugs.
Representing himself, he told magistrates it had been a "stupid mistake".
He added: "It was a stupid thing to do. I do not smoke it any more. My partner is pregnant."
The court heard Bray had been smoking the drug since he was 14 but was working and looking for accommodation with his partner.
Magistrates gave him a 12-month community order with 80 hours of unpaid work. He must also pay £85 prosecution costs.