Addict jailed for cannabis farm

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A LEIGH man who rented a flat so a cannabis farm could be established has been jailed for 12 months.

Liverpool Crown Court heard Christopher Byrne paid a deposit and two months’ rent on the property in Chapel Street, Leigh, last July.

Police raided it on August 18 and in two rooms found 98 cannabis plants in various stage of growth, said Harry Pepper, prosecuting. They also discovered sophisticated lighting and ventilation systems had been installed for the illicit crop along with transformers.

Byrne, 27, of Pennington Road, was arrested and when interviewed he admitted he had rented the flat to someone else to grow cannabis. He expected to get half the profit.

Phil Martin, defending, said Byrne, who admitted being concerned in producing cannabis, had been under considerable coercion to get involved. He was a heavy user of drugs and had run up an £8,000 debt. He would not have received any money for his involvement as his payment would have been knocked off his drug debt.

Byrne, who has previous convictions, is now drug-free but still has the drug debt hanging over him, added Mr Martin.