Man jailed after growing cannabis plants at home

A BOSTON man who admitted growing 146 cannabis plants in his home has been jailed for eight months.

Bathroom fitter Robert Sansam, 23, was caught after police executed a search warrant at his rented house in Park Road.

Lincoln Crown Court was told officers discovered the plants in various stages of growth in a converted workshop at the end of the garden.

The electricty supply had been bypassed and growing equipment including 20 sodium lights, storage heaters and fans had been installed.

Sansam was out at the time of the raid, with only his pregnant partner present, but was arrested two days later.

His mobile phone was not found.

The court was told the operation was capable of producing a significant amount of cannabis for commercial use - but during interview Sansam insisted he had produced all the plants to satisfy his own cannabis smoking habit.

Neil Sands, mitigating, told the court Sansam used cannabis to deal with stress and had decided to grow his own to reduce his overheads.

Mr Sands said: “Mr Sansam was not an experienced gardener.

“Having done some research on the internet he sowed all the seeds and did not expect the success his efforts achieved.

“He simply bypassed the electricity because he did not want his partner to know what he was doing at the end of the garden.”

Mr Sands added Sansam was now living apart from his partner and their two young children but was still providing his family with accomodation.

Yesterday (Tuesday) he pleaded guilty to charges of producing cannabis and abstracting electricity following the raid, which took place on January 16 this year.

Passing sentence, Judge Michael Heath told him: “You set up a substantial growing operation, photographs of which I have seen, in the place where you lived.

“There were 146 plants. Clearly you had invested a considerable amount of time and money in this operation.”