Added on 03 November 2017 at 14:25
A man who set up a cannabis production area in a bedroom and loft area in his Bristol home has been served with a £10,000 confiscation order.
The order for £10,285 was made at Bristol Crown Court today (Friday 3 November) against 44-year-old Jason Smith of Cavendish Road, Patchway.
On 9 November last year police called at the Cavendish Road address as part of an enquiry. Officers immediately noticed a smell of what appeared to be cannabis and entered the premises.
They were unable to access the master bedroom and loft area because it was locked. Jason smith provided the keys and officers discovered in the master bedroom were plastic containers of cannabis flowering heads, 10 small cannabis plants, cellophane, plant nutrients, scales and a large amount of cash in a safe.
The loft area was found to have a cannabis hydroponic set up behind a partition, where the plants had been recently cropped. There was a ventilation pipe, drying nets, lamps, transmitters, pots and other related items.
The electricity supply had also been tampered with and bypassed.
Jason Smith was arrested on suspicion of cannabis production and abstracting electricity.
Forensic examination of the seized cannabis flowering heads confirmed it had a street value of £1,690. The defendant’s mobile phone showed evidence of cannabis production and supply. Money seized from a safe in the property totalled £3595.
On 27 May this year Jason Smith was charged with production of cannabis.
He admitted the offence on 2 August and was jailed for six months (suspended for two years) with an additional curfew and tag.
At today’s confiscation order hearing benefit of £10,285 was identified and an order made for that amount. It has to be paid within three months or Smit will face a jail sentence in default of six months.
Dr Kirstie Cogram, the manager of the Financial Investigation Unit of Avon and Somerset Police’s complex Crime Unit said: "We are committed to seizing any assets that criminals have gained as a result of crime. It is not acceptable that criminals benefit from illegal activities and we will relentlessly pursue them through the courts to ensure their money is taken. By doing this we show criminals that they will not benefit from crime and hopefully deter others from entering a life of crime."