Officers in Stoke sniff out £2k stash of cannabis
A MAN who produced more than £2,000 of cannabis for his own use has been spared jail.
Twenty-five-year-old Oliver Hawrot admitted to growing more than 30 plants after police raided his property on May 10.
Officers were first alerted to the stash because of a strong smell of cannabis coming from the house in Selwyn Street, Stoke, where Hawrot lives alone.
Fiona Cortese, prosecuting, told Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court yesterday that police then discovered cannabis leaves on the pathway leading up to the entrance.
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Inside, they discovered a tent and several bags of cannabis, ranging in weight from 28 grams to 202 grams.
They also found a cannabis plant that was estimated to have had the potential to produce around £210 of the drug.
Altogether, the cannabis recovered was estimated to have a street value of more than £2,000.
When arrested, Hawrot admitted to cultivating even more plants in the past but told officers the drug was being grown for personal use.
He pleaded guilty to the production of cannabis on the basis it was for his won use.
Peter McCartney, mitigating, told the court his client had pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity.
He also said Hawrot had depression and admitted to regularly having suicidal thoughts.
"He has plainly got some troubles which are with him every day," he said.
Sentencing Hawrot, Judge Granville Styler said he was acting on the basis that the cannabis had not been for commercial supply.
However, he added: "On the basis of your own admission you were cultivating over 30 plants.
"You produced cannabis which has a street value of over £2,000 pounds."
Hawrot was handed a four-month jail sentence, suspended for two years.
He was also told to complete a supervision order, lasting for 12 months, and was ordered to undertake 150 hours of unpaid work.