Drug plants found after grower reported theft at his house to police

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A man who asked officers to investigate a break-in at his house was found with 20 cannabis plants in a bedroom in what magistrates called an ‘utterly ridiculous’ plan.

Jason Bird, 44, of Windsor Bank, Boston, appeared at the town’s magistrates’ court on Wednesday, where he pleaded guilty to producing the plants and also to driving without a licence on Freiston Road.

Prosecutor Daniel Pietryka said officers were looking into reports of dogs loose in the road on May 28 when Bird approached them to look into the alleged break-in.

When they searched the house they found the cannabis plants - including seedlings and adult plants – being cultivated in a bedroom.

They also found Bird, who drove to his property to meet the officers, had no licence following an earlier court case.

Defending, Berys Brickles said Bird had been growing the drug for his own use and aimed to get half an ounce a week to smoke by growing them on a five week cycle.

He said: “He had developed a social desire to take cannabis but realised that with his wages, and supporting his family he couldn’t afford it.

“With his skills as an agricultural employee he turned his skills to growing the drug himself.”

He said that while this had been ongoing, his partner and three children had been at a specialist hospital in London because one of the children suffered a serious illness.

Chairman of magistrates Robert Skinner said: “The production of class B drugs was absolutely stupid.

“If you had a few more plants or it had been considered you were using them for other reasons it could have been worse.

“This was utterly ridiculous.”

Magistrates ordered Bird to pay a £150 fine, £20 victim surcharge, £85 costs and £180 criminal courts charge. They ordered the destruction and forfeiture of the drugs and the equipment and endorsed his licence with three points.