Skip navigation

Gloucestershire Business News

Man pleads guilty to cannabis production

When police were called to a drunken disturbance outside a Stroud flat they stumbled upon a £12,000 cannabis factory, a court was told.

Edward Fox, 52, of Middle Street, Stroud, pleaded guilty at Cheltenham Magistrates Court yesterday (Wednesday 27th November) to being concerned in the production of the Class B drug and to abstracting electricity without authority.

The offences were committed at the defendant's address on 26th June this year, the court was told.

Prosecuting lawyer Peter Ashby said: "Police went to the disturbance outside the defendant's flat at 10.40pm and found a drunken male shouting that his girlfriend had been kidnapped and was inside the property.

"Police went inside the flat and found that they could not get into a room where they suspected that the woman might be so they used a door enforcer to get in."

The court heard that nobody was inside but it was full of cannabis plants and growing equipment - and the electricity supply in the flat had been tampered with.

Fox was arrested and the 17 cannabis plants discovered were analysed by a police expert.

"The possible yield from the plants was, at street value, between £4,000 and £12,000," said Mr Ashby.

Fox had previously been jailed for three years in 2008 for possessing heroin with intent to supply, he said.

Defending lawyer Lee Mott said: "My client suffers from painful arthritis in his knees and he has found that cannabis eases the pain.

"He does not grow cannabis in order to supply, but just for his own personal use."

Magistrates ordered a pre-sentence report to be prepared and adjourned the case until 18th December.

Fox was granted unconditional bail until that date.

Related Articles

Slimbridge employee's award for targeting a Himalayan invader Image

Slimbridge employee's award for targeting a Himalayan invader

A worker at the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust at Slimbridge has been working hard during his lunch hour to eradicate a troublesome invasive plant.

Cheltenham visitor numbers soar as Festival Town bucks the national trend Image

Cheltenham visitor numbers soar as Festival Town bucks the national trend

Cheltenham is proving more popular than ever with tourists, according to the latest set of visitor numbers.

Growing garden centre reveals major investment and new restaurant plans Image

Growing garden centre reveals major investment and new restaurant plans

A family business already a well-established garden centre has revealed how an increase in profits and footfall has helped it seed new restaurant plans.

Owner of major business park development creating hundreds of jobs revealed Image

Owner of major business park development creating hundreds of jobs revealed

Mystery no longer surrounds who is behind the scheme to develop a new business park in the Forest of Dean, creating 400-plus jobs.

Copyright 2019 Moose Partnership Ltd. All rights reserved. Reproduction of any content is strictly forbidden without prior permission.