A MAN grew cannabis from seed he bought in Amsterdam, Harrogate magistrates were told on Tuesday.
They heard how a police raid on the home of 49-year-old Graham Alan Crawford had netted four cannabis root balls, a small amount of the drug in a shoe box and a trace of cocaine as well as a magazine on growing, electronic scales and £920 in cash.
Prosecutor Joseph Wynn said police had executed a warrant at Crawford’s flat in Wellfield Court, Pannal Ash Road, Harrogate, on the morning of April 3. He told police the cannabis was being grown from seed he had bought in Amsterdam.
When Crawford pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine and also admitted cannabis cultivation his solicitor Clive Farndon said it would be difficult to find anyone who had been prepared to co-operate more fully with police enquiries than Crawford.
He had pointed out where small amounts of cannabis and cocaine were located and realised officers would be interested in the money they found.
He told them it had been a gift from his mother and they were able to confirm this with her and hand the cash back to him.
Crawford was made subject to a one-year community order with probation supervision, a six-month drug rehabilitation requirement and 100 hours of unpaid work. Costs of £85 were imposed and the court made a destruction order for the seized drugs and equipment