A ROUTINE car check on one of Doncaster’s busiest roads quickly put police on the ‘scent’ of a drugs factory on a suburban street.
As soon as the officers began talking to the motorist, their suspicions were alerted by the odour of cannabis, a court heard.
And within hours other officers had uncovered a drugs cultivation unit, with almost 50 plants, at a terrace house in Hyde Park.
The arrest of the driver and another man occupying the property led to them each being sentenced to 15 months in prison for cannabis production when they appeared in the dock at Sheffield Crown Court, where they pleaded guilty to charges of producing cannabis in Doncaster.
Darren Arthur Aspray, aged 45, and 29-year-old Aaron Dale Curry, both of Childers Street, Hyde Park, were arrested and held in custody after 13 established cannabis plants and 36 small plants were seized by police from the address on Childers Street last year.
The court was told police stopped Darren Aspray’s vehicle on May 31, 2012, as part of a routine traffic check on York Road in Doncaster.
Officers could smell cannabis in the vehicle and found about £300 worth of the drug.
That led to police searching his home in Childers Street the same day, and the factory was found with plants valued at about £17,000 and purpose-bought cultivation equipment, including a tent and propagator.
Detective Constable Neil Beresford, a specialist drugs officer with Doncaster CID, said: “This was quite a sophisticated cannabis cultivation with equipment and plants set up around the house.
“The results show that the production of cannabis can and does led to a prison sentence.
“In addition, £1,400 in cash was recovered from the defendants during the investigation and seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act by the courts.”
The confiscated money will be put into a central fund used for other drug busting operations.