Two men convicted after drugs raid in Portsmouth

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A MAN has been convicted for his part in setting up a cannabis factory.

Mark Hatherley, 40, allowed his property in Nessus Street, Landport, to be used for growing cannabis, Portsmouth Crown Court was told.

Hatherley’s flat was raided by police on December 10, 2013.

The court heard Hatherley, a carer, had a drinking problem and this may have made him vulnerable. Hatherley pleaded guilty to helping to produce the drug.

Recorder Philippa Whipple QC said: ‘He had allowed his premises to be used as a cannabis factory but he played no more active part.’

Hatherley was sentenced to a 12-month community order.

Police found ammunition at the address that belonged to Stephen Cheung, 42, of Hampshire Street, Buckland. Cheung did not have a firearm licence.

Recorder Whipple said: ‘It’s simply unknown why it was there.’

Cheung pleaded guilty and was given a one-year jail sentence, suspended for 18 months.