A Polish man who admitted growing cannabis worth up to £96,000 after police searched his Lincolnshire home was today (Monday) jailed for two and half years.
Robert Knopek, 30, confessed to producing around 120 plants after police visited his home and in Fen Road, Boston, and noticed a strong smell of cannabis.
Lincoln Crown Court heard officers discovered a sophisticated cannabis growing operation which was capable of producing plants for commercial use.
In total police seized 112 female cannabis plants and nine seedlings. A system of fans, filters, specialist lighting and power packs had been set up and there was also evidence of a previous grow.
The court was told drugs experts estimated the potential value of the yield at between £44,500 and £96,000.
Knopek, who had no previous convictions, made no comment during police interview but later admitted being a “gardener” for the cannabis.
Michael Proctor, mitigating, said Knopek had been in the UK since 2005 and had not been a drain on the country’s resources.
Mr Proctor said: “He has always worked, at the moment he works as a waiter, and he is supported in court by his partner and father.
“Unfortunately he had a heavy cannabis habit for eight years. He ran up a debt and stupidly it seemed a way of dealing with his situation.”
Knopek, of Fen Road, Boston, admitted a charge of producing cannabis following the search on 16 December, last year.
Passing sentence Judge Simon Hirst told him that he was responsible for looking after a valuable cannabis grow.
The judge said: “What the police discovered was an exceptionally sophisticated operation growing cannabis capable of producing significant quantities for commercial use.
“There were 112 plants. The plants were specially selected.”