Flood in loft led po­lice to cannabis farm

Macclesfield Express - - BARLOW’S BRIEF - STU­ART GREER

ACANNABIS farm was dis­cov­ered after a flood at a house, a court was told.

Po­lice were called to Park Lane in Mac­cles­field when a mem­ber of the pub­lic re­ported wa­ter started to leak out of the home into the street.

When they searched the house, of­fi­cers traced the leak to the loft and dis­cov­ered a cannabis set-up, mag­is­trates heard, mag­is­trates heard.

There were eight plants of 24cm in height, four at 48cm and three at 72cm as well as com­plex set up of hy­dro­ponic, light­ing and vent­ing sys­tems.

The owner of the house, Si­mon Sheri­dan, who told the court he owns the So­ci­ety Cafe in Mac­cles­field, even­tu­ally re­turned to the prop­erty and was ar­rested.

Sheri­dan, 33, of Park Lane, Mac­cles­field, ad­mit­ted pro­duc­ing a con­trolled drug at Mac­cles­field mag­is­trates’ court last Wed­nes­day.

Deb­bie Byrne, prose­cut­ing, said: “On Septem­ber 28 at 11.45pm PC Old­field was called to a house on Park Lane after a mem­ber of the pub­lic was con­cerned about wa­ter run­ning from the prop­erty.

“The of­fi­cer could see wa­ter pour­ing down the ground floor win­dow and ceil­ing.

“PC

Old­field

forced en­try and fol­lowed the wa­ter up­stairs.

He could see it com­ing from the loft.

“In the loft he found 15 cannabis plants in pots, light­ing and a large green con­tainer which was leak­ing.

“There was foil all over the loft and vent­ing ducts around the loft.

“The of­fi­cer called for as­sis­tance from the elec­tric­ity company be­cause of the dan­gers.”

The court heard that at 3.50am the de­fen­dant’s girl­friend ar­rived at the prop­erty.

Mrs Byrne added: “She told po­lice she didn’t know any­thing about it and got the de­fen­dant on the phone. Mr Shep­herd then at­tended the house and ad­mit­ted be­ing the owner of the plants.”

Mrs Byrne said: “Dur­ing ques­tion­ing the de­fen­dant told of­fi­cers that he was grow­ing for per­sonal use.

He ad­mit­ted try­ing to grow pre­vi­ously but had failed.

He said since then he had spent £700 on hy­dro­pon­ics equip­ment.

“He said it was the first time he had got the plants to that stage. He told of­fi­cers he had smoked cannabis for two years and spent about £270 a week on it.

“He said he had used the in­ter­net to learn how to grow it.”

Sheri­dan said noth­ing in de­fence of him­self.

He will be sentenced at Ch­ester Crown Court.

‘He said it was the first time he had got the plants to that stage’

●● Archie has been miss­ing since Oc­to­ber 22 and has been spot­ted in Prest­bury and Mot­tram

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