Cobridge cannabis addict Nadeem Mohammed went on run after drugs seizure
CANNABIS grower Nadeem Mohammed has been jailed after police raided the drug addict's home.
The 26-year-old grew the class B drug at his home in Hillary Street, Cobridge, last year.
Police raided the property to find 32 cannabis plants nearing maturity.
They also found two rooms adapted for growing cannabis with plastic sheeting, ventilation and specialist equipment.
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Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard the plants were capable of producing 896 grams or 32 ounces of cannabis with a street value of between £3,840 and £5,120. Officers also recovered some electronic scales and 5.13 grams of cannabis vegetation.
Mohammed told police the drugs were for his own use as he had a £60 a day cannabis habit.
He said he was not growing the plants for commercial reasons but said he would have given some to like-minded friends free of charge. He added that the cost of setting up the drugs operation was about £1,000.
The defendant, now of Wise Street, Dresden, pleaded guilty to producing cannabis, abstracting electricity and failing to turn up at court to be sentenced on February 3.
He went on the run for eight months before finally being sentenced yesterday.
Tom Schofield, mitigating, said it was a 'great tragedy' Mohammed did not turn up to be sentenced in February as he may have avoided a prison sentence if he had done.
"But by not attending, he has thrown that chance away. There has to be a custodial sentence today," said Mr Schofield.
He conceded Mohammed's record does him no credit.
"He is clearly a man with a drug addiction," said Mr Schofield.
But he added that the defendant is still only 26 and there will come a point when he makes a decision to change.
Judge Paul Glenn jailed Mohammed for three months for producing cannabis and abstracting electricity and 14 days to run consecutively for failing to answer his bail.
"You let yourself down extremely badly," said Judge Glenn.
"You did not attend for a drug rehabilitation requirement assessment on January 25 and you failed to turn up at court on February 3.
"It is accepted you got cold feet fearing you would go into custody.
"You made the situation worse by making no attempt to hand yourself in after that. You were at large for getting on for eight months."
Judge Glenn said the set up was 'quite sophisticated'.
He told Mohammed: "You had bought expensive hydroponic equipment. You had done your homework.
"There were 32 plants in two rooms with a potentially significant value.
"You bypassed the electricity meter to provide a free supply of electricity.
"I judge these offences so seriously that only custody is appropriate."