A dad-to-be who was under financial pressure turned to growing cannabis to ease his family’s plight.
Dale Smales, aged 34, set up a cannabis farm at his home in Dearne Road, Bolton-on-Dearne, which could have yielded up to £15,300 on the streets, Sheffield Crown Court heard.
When police raided his home they found hydroponic growing equipment, a lighting and extraction system and blacked out windows, said Andrew Bailey, prosecuting.
Dried cannabis, 17 empty plant pots and plant food were also found.
In the living room there was a ‘How to Grow Marijuana’ book.
Smales was arrested and 721 grammes of cannabis were discovered with a street value of £2,000.
Mr Bailey said had the drugs reached maturity they could have yielded £15,300 on the streets.
Smales admitted producing a Class B drug.
Paul O’Shea, defending, said Smales and his partner were expecting a child and there were serious financial pressures on him.
Recorder Kate Tulk, jailing Smales for 16 months, said: “It was a professional operation.”