A South Yorkshire man who set up an ‘amateur’ cannabis farm has escaped an immediate prison sentence.
Andrew Decarolis, aged 45, was arrested after police visited his home for an unrelated in Bolton-upon-Dearne and found cannabis growing.
Sheffield Crown Court heard officers could smell cannabis and discovered 17 plants in a bedroom and outhouse.
Prosecutor Carl Fitch said Decarolis told police he was growing it for his own use, but later admitted he was planning to sell it to pay off a debt.
Decarolis, of Lowfield Road, admitted production of cannabis.
He had previous convictions for possessing drugs and cultivating cannabis.
He was given a six month jail term suspended for a year, and must carry out 200 hours of unpaid work.
Judge Camp told Decarolis compared with some cannabis farms he had seen it was an ‘amateurish effort’.
He added: “You are 45 and it’s time to call a halt on this kind of thing or someone is going to send you to prison and that’s going to be for quite some time.”