A MAN who persuaded others to grow cannabis for him has been jailed for 18 months.
Wayne Prentice, aged 36, of Muglet Lane, Maltby, Rotherham, was arrested by police when officers received tip-offs about drugs and searched homes on Tickhill Road and Nelson Road, Maltby.
Bridie Scott, 50 and Lee Scott, 36, were arrested at their home on Tickhill Road on suspicion of the production of cannabis when officers found 12 cannabis plants in the upstairs bedroom.
During a search of the property on Nelson Road, Christine Guffick, 41, was arrested on suspicion of the production of cannabis after eight plants were found.
All three appeared at court and were sentenced to 150 hours of unpaid work.
Police said forensic evidence gathered at both homes led them to Prentice.
When officers searched his home they found hydroponic equipment used to grow drugs and he was charged with two counts of producing cannabis.
He was sentenced to 18 months in jail.
PC Wayne Nuttall said: “The sentence Prentice received should send out a strong warning for anyone who persuades others to grow cannabis at their home.
“With the current economic situation individuals like Prentice are preying on the vulnerable and those experiencing financial difficulties.
“People allowing cannabis to be grown in their property are clearly committing offences and could also be subject to a prison term and possibly eviction from their home.”
Chf Supt Jason Harwin said: “We would like to thank the public for their support in helping us identify persons responsible for such offences.
“Drugs do destroy lives and we will continue to do everything we can to reduce the risk such offences bring to local communities and ensure offenders are brought to justice.”