South Yorshire cannabis grower jailed for two years

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A cannabis grower caught with £30,000 worth of the drug at his South Yorkshire home has been jailed for two years.

When police called at Michael Cooper’s address they found 16 cannabis plants growing in two rooms.

David Wain, prosecuting, told Sheffield Crown Court officers discovered a growing tent, lamp, filter and watering system.

They found eight plants in one room and eight in another, yielding just over 3kg of the Class B drug.

Mr Wain said: “The total estimated street value was £30,000. It was enough for 3,000 street deals.”

Cooper was described as a ‘prolific criminal’ with 28 convictions for 73 past offences.

In 2010 he was jailed for two years for the same offence of producing cannabis.

Pamela Coxon, defending, said Cooper had two periods from 2004 to 2009, and 2009 to 2010, when he had not committed any crimes, but he had previously been a prolific offender.

She said: “To some extent he’s turned his life around.”

Miss Coxon said Cooper, of Tudor Street, Thurnscoe, Barnsley, didn’t have access to a computer so kept getting sanctioned by the benefits office and had ended up without any money.

“He decided to set up a cannabis set-up to try to make an income from it,” she added.

She said he’d been frank and open with the police when he was arrested and had admitted his guilt immediately.

She said he accepted he was going to jail and didn’t want a probation report compiled because it was a waste of the court’s and the public’s time and money.

Jailing him for two years, Judge Robert Moore told Cooper: “This was your second major cannabis production exercise in the last four years.

“You know this is so serious only an immediate custodial sentence can be justified.”

Cooper must also pay a £100 statutory charge.