A DRUG dealer who grew cannabis at his family home in Sheffield and kept it in chocolate tins in the fridge has been locked up.
Leon Orton, aged 34, was jailed for 18 months after a court heard police discovered £930 worth of cannabis bagged up for distribution and a cannabis factory at his family home.
Louise Gallagher, prosecuting at Sheffield Crown Court, said Orton was at home with his partner and their three children in Exeter Drive, Broomhall, Sheffield, on Monday, May 21, when police raided the flat.
She said officers found 14 bags of cannabis in the fridge along with a Cadbury’s chocolate tin containing a further 59 bags.
Another 20 bags of the drug were found in a Quality Street tin in a chest freezer, making 93 bags in total.
Officers also found ground-up cannabis taking the total street value to an estimated £992.
Miss Gallagher said the officers also seized £80 cash, bags, bin bags containing soil, fertilizer and a small hydroponics set-up.
Orton was arrested and told police he had been growing cannabis for 12 weeks after learning how to do so on the internet.
He said he had bought seven plants for £10 each, but only three were female and actually capable of producing a crop.
Orton told the officers he had produced about 100 bags of the Class B drug and had sold or given away 20 to friends.
He said they would ring him up and then come to the flat to pick the drugs up.
Faria Alam, for Orton, asked the judge to give him credit for his guilty plea and said that he had made full admissions to the police.
She said he was a long-standing drug user who had managed to wean himself off Class A drugs once he had met his partner and they had had their three children, because he did not want to associate with known dealers.
She said: “Orton found the instructions on the internet and decided to grow seven plants.
“He grew more than he expected to and he foolishly decided to sell some to his friends.
“It was not a commercial operation, it was simply to cover his own costs.
“He’s deeply ashamed of the effect this will have on his family.”
Sentencing him to prison, Judge Peter Kelson QC said: “A severe aggravating feature of this case is the fact that this took place at your home where your partner and children were.
“Drug users were coming to your house, you took them into the kitchen to supply them and this was a family home with your partner and children present.
“Balancing everything, the best I can manage is 18- months’ imprisonment.”