Rotherham cannabis dad jailed

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a DAD has been jailed after police found cannabis growing at his home while carrying out a separate investigation into fake DVDs.

Officers found eight plants growing in the loft of Paul Wicks’ home.

They had arrived to arrest the 26-year-old over DVD fraud and copying equipment, for which he later received a caution.

Prosecutor Louise Gallagher told Sheffield Crown Court: “When opening a loft hatch to search for further DVDs, officers noticed a smell of cannabis from inside, and they found a cannabis set-up with eight plants.”

The court heard the plants would have yielded cannabis with a street value of £7,200.

There was an air extraction system in place, and electricity to the property had been bypassed.

In police interview, Wicks said his intention was to sell the cannabis for extra money to boost his income as a part-time labourer.

Police called at his house on Whinside Crescent, Thurnscoe, Rotherham, on November 22 last year.

Bernard Casey, defending, said Wicks had decided it was a ‘good idea’ to grow cannabis and sell it to pay off his accumulated debts.

He had had to save up for several months to purchase growing equipment after seeing some at a car boot sale.

Mr Casey said Wicks ‘could not have been more open’ about his plans once in the police station.

Judge Simon Lawler QC sent Wicks to prison for six months.

His youngest child was only five months old.

He said of cannabis production: “Courts must, and they will, act - not only to punish but also to deter.”