Man found with up to £30,000 of cannabis plants in his house claimed it was for making oil

A man found with up to £30,000-worth of cannabis plants growing in his home claimed it was for making oil to treat his epilepsy.

Police came across the stash of drugs in two bedrooms when they executed a search warrant at Barry Gray’s Gateshead house .

The 32-year-old initially barricaded himself in his property when officers arrived but they managed to gain entry and discovered 71 plants.

They also found that Gray had been illegally abstracting electricity to heat his crop, a court heard.

Gray, of Windsor Avenue, in Bensham, was arrested but claimed he was growing the plants for his own personal use as he wanted to make cannabis oil to treat his epilepsy.

However, magistrates in North Tyneside were dubious of his explanation and committed him to Newcastle Crown Court for sentence after he pleaded guilty to one count of producing a class B drug.

Lesley Burgess, prosecuting, said police executed a search warrant at Gray’s home at around 7.15am on May 1 this year.

“The defendant was inside and had barricaded himself inside the address but officers were able to gain entry,” Ms Burgess continued.

“There were a number of cannabis plants found in two bedrooms inside.

“There was also evidence that the defendant had been abstracting electricity to allow the plants to grow.”

The court heard that, when arrested, Gray…

A man found with up to £30,000-worth of cannabis plants growing in his home claimed it was for making oil to treat his epilepsy.

Police came across the stash of drugs in two bedrooms when they executed a search warrant at Barry Gray’s Gateshead house .

The 32-year-old initially barricaded himself in his property when officers arrived but they managed to gain entry and discovered 71 plants.

They also found that Gray had been illegally abstracting electricity to heat his crop, a court heard.

Gray, of Windsor Avenue, in Bensham, was arrested but claimed he was growing the plants for his own personal use as he wanted to make cannabis oil to treat his epilepsy.

However, magistrates in North Tyneside were dubious of his explanation and committed him to Newcastle Crown Court for sentence after he pleaded guilty to one count of producing a class B drug.

Lesley Burgess, prosecuting, said police executed a search warrant at Gray’s home at around 7.15am on May 1 this year.

“The defendant was inside and had barricaded himself inside the address but officers were able to gain entry,” Ms Burgess continued.

“There were a number of cannabis plants found in two bedrooms inside.

“There was also evidence that the defendant had been abstracting electricity to allow the plants to grow.”

The court heard that, when arrested, Gray…

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