Woman who set up cannabis factory must pay up

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A WOMAN who helped set up a major cannabis factory and made thousands of pounds has been ordered to repay just £400.

Tegwen Owen ran the sophisticated operation with her partner Paul Birch at an empty house they owned in Gosport, using thousands of pounds worth of equipment to grow the plants.

As previously reported in The News the pair were each jailed for three-and-a-half-years at Portsmouth Crown Court in March.

Yesterday, the 31-year-old was back in court for a hearing to claw back some of the money she made through drugs.

When police raided the house in Grove Road they found the whole place had been given over to producing the drug, pictured above.

Four rooms contained a total of 132 plants while timers and pulleys were used to control hydroponic lights.

A fifth room, which was fitted with extractor fans and dehumidifiers, was used for drying the plants while another room was used for storing spare equipment and fertilizer.

She pleaded guilty to production of cannabis and possession of cocaine.

Judge Ian Pearson ruled Owen, of Hartington Road, Gosport, had made £35,250 from selling cannabis.

But the court heard she had no assets.

She was ordered to pay the £400 within three months.

If she does not pay up another two weeks will be added to her prison sentence.

Birch, 37, a landlord who owns 10 properties, is due in court in February for a hearing to decide how much he must repay.