A WIDOW who set up a cannabis factory to finance her home improvement plans has been sent to jail.
A judge at Doncaster Crown Court said he could not suspend the prison sentence on 44-year-old Debbie Davey because she was running a commercial operation which could have netted her thousands of pounds.
Her landlords are also evicting the family from the house because it has been used for a criminal enterprise.
Davey’s hydroponics growing unit, along with 22 plants was uncovered when police and RSPCA officers visited her home in Manor Court, Denaby Main, this year looking for dogs allegedly being used for badger baiting, said prosecutor Carl Fitch.
“The police officers could smell cannabis and Davey quite openly said the plants were upstairs and were all hers and nothing to do with anyone else.”
The plants were found in a rear bedroom and could have yielded more than £14,000 worth of cannabis if they had cropped three times.
“She accepted growing them for profit to renovate her house and said she would continue to do so until she was caught,” said Mr Fitch.
Defence counsel Michael Cane-Soothill said she didn’t hold anything back when interviewed by police.
“She didn’t smoke cannabis herself and it was never for her and that shows her frankness.”
Mr Cane-Soothill said Davey had suffered from depression since the death of her husband 20 years ago and if sent to prison it would exacerbate her condition.
Davey pleaded guilty to producing a controlled drug and was jailed for 20 weeks.