Skunk plant gardener avoids jail after raid

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A CANNABIS gardener has avoided jail after he was found growing 70 plants.

Portsmouth Crown Court heard Jesus Arbiol-Camps was living in Cromwell Road, Southsea tending to the plants as a gardener when police raided it on July 11, 2014.

Recorder David Bartlett sentenced the 47-year-old to two years in prison suspended for 24 months.

He said the yield of the plant – which was the skunk variant would have been around 4kg and worth about £20,000.

Recorder Bartlett said: ‘You were living in those premises in somewhat unusual circumstances whereby you were living in a bed on the ground floor and three bedrooms were occupied by a cannabis factory.’

The court heard he was remorseful and has regret.

He pleaded guilty to being involved in the production of the class B drug cannabis and abstracting electricity.

Arbiol-Camps, now of Broad Street, Brighton, must pay electricity supplier E.ON £1,600 and the home-owner £400. He must complete 100 hours of unpaid work.