Suspended prison sentence for man who grew cannabis

A ST LEONARDS man admitted growing cannabis plants and stealing electricity when he appeared before magistrates.

Nicholas Foster, 38, of The Slides, was arrested by Hastings Police at an address in Ironlatch Avenue.

Police were executing a warrant under the Misuse of Drugs act when they found Foster at the address along with 18 growing cannabis plants. The electricity supply at the address had also been adapted to bypass the meter.

Foster was arrested and taken to Hastings Police Station where he was later charged with cannabis production and a second charge of abstracting electricity.

He appeared before Hastings Magistrates Court for trial on the morning of Thursday November 17 and entered a guilty plea to both charges.

For production of drugs he was sentenced to a 12 month imprisonment suspended for 24 months.

For abstracting electricity he was additionally sentenced to a nine-month imprisonment which was again suspended for 24 months.

In addition he was ordered to carry out 300 hours of unpaid work before November 17 2012 and to pay £1,200 in costs at a rate of £100 per month.

A destruction order was made for the hydroponics equipment used by Foster.

PC Duncan Cleverley of Hastings Police said: “Hastings Police encourage anyone with information about drug dealing in the town to get in touch on 101.

“Where there is enough information to do so we will take action and put drug producers and dealers before the courts”.

Information about drugs can also be passed to the registered independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 where callers do not have to give their name.