Former drug addict forced to grow cannabis at South Yorkshire home

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An ex-cocaine addict who was forced to grow cannabis by his drug dealer after running up debts of £5,000 has narrowly avoided going to jail.

Richard Cousans, aged 26, was caught with 42 skunk cannabis plants – which would have yielded drugs with an estimated street value of £37,800 – at his home on Wellington Road, Edlington, Sheffield Crown Court heard.

Louise Gallagher, prosecuting, said Cousans was caught after police raided the terraced home he shared with his girlfriend in February.


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