New­ly­weds fly home to face cannabis trial

Daily Mail - - Life - By Izzy Fer­ris

A BRIDE and her new hus­band were ar­rested on drugs charges on their re­turn to Bri­tain from a lav­ish wed­ding and honeymoon in Cuba.

Neigh­bours of Leigha and Ricky Arm­strong had raised the alarm after notic­ing a strong smell com­ing from their home.

Po­lice found 34 cannabis plants worth up to £22,500 in a locked room con­tain­ing heat­ing equipment.

The groom, 29, had even left a notepad with grow­ing in­struc­tions, thought to be for a cousin who was ‘dog-sit­ting’.

Of­fi­cers also sus­pect that the cou­ple’s beach nup­tials were funded by pro­ceeds from the drugs al­though they claimed they had used a ‘tax re­bate’.

It was es­ti­mated that each plant at their rented prop­erty in Pon­ty­pool, South Wales, could have pro­duced 30 to 90 ounces of cannabis.

The bride, 25, a beau­ti­cian, and her self-em­ployed hus­band were ar­rested last July and have ad­mit­ted pro­duc­ing a con­trolled class B drug. Gareth Wil­liams, de­fend­ing at Newport Crown Court, ad­mit­ted it was clear they were ‘in it to­gether’. He added: ‘While there are not as many plants as you sometimes see, this was a de­ter­mined ef­fort to grow.’

Judge Geraint Wal­ters said: ‘So happy were you in your lit­tle world, you cel­e­brated your mar­riage in Cuba leav­ing a drugs fac­tory back in your house. You thought: “Why bother work­ing when I can make vast sums of money grow­ing cannabis?” This kind of be­hav­iour is a scourge.’

Ricky Arm­strong was given an eight-month sus­pended sen­tence with 150 hours of un­paid work. His wife was given a ninemonth sus­pended sen­tence with 120 hours of un­paid work.

lav­ish: The Arm­strongs’ beach wed­ding cer­e­mony in Cuba

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