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£300,000 investigation into cannabis growing Forest of Dean couple

By EchoLauraC  |  Posted: March 10, 2014

  • Plump Hill in Mitcheldean where the hidden cannabis factories were found

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A CANNABIS growing couple, who were the subject of a vicious attack in which she was hit over the head with a shotgun, will have to explain where £300,000 came from.

Frances Williams and Bronwen Davies were found to have a drugs den hidden in the garden of their Mitcheldean home.

The factory, containing more than £20,000 of the drug at their Plump Hill home, was discovered when two men stormed into the house on April 4, last year hitting her in the face with the shotgun, punching and kicking her.

Gloucester Crown Court heard Gloucestershire Police’s financial investigations team were looking into £300,000 of their assets.

Defending Joe Maloney said the money would have to be looked into further and that the pair had already paid £1,500 per month in legal aid payments to a total of £15,000.

Judge Jamie Tabor QC questioned how the Legal Aid Commission calculated the cost - asking how much they thought lawyers were on.

Mr Maloney described the costs as “rubbish”. He said: “These people are like many people in the county. It is nonsense and it affects ordinary people.”

The couple had to pay the costs while the case was ongoing, but could get a refund after it ends.

Judge Tabor urged the couple to work with Mr Maloney in the £300,000 proceeds of crime investigation into their assets.

He told them: “This is the problem. If you grow cannabis and you have got unexplained money coming into your account. You cannot bury your head in the sand.”

The next hearing will take place on May 22.

Davies, 33, and Williams, 41, who have children, both admitted being concerned in the production of cannabis.

Williams pleaded guilty a further charge of supply and was given a 14 month prison sentence suspended for two years and ordered to carry out 140 hours of unpaid work.

Davies was given a 20 week sentence suspended for 12 months and will have to carry out 120 hours unpaid work.

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  • emseaell  |  March 11 2014, 7:21AM

    my friends dad's nephews cousin's daughter earns big bucks on the computer (just like all the spamming) beats growing cannabis

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  • GlosAnarchy  |  March 10 2014, 7:46PM

    Love to see the make it legal and all world problems will end badgers have arrived! The long term affects of ever stronger skunk have yet to be discovered! The criminals who currently produce cannabis are also most often stealing electricity that affects us all with increased bills! If it's legalized it will be big producers making the money not your mate down the pub, so you will find there will be no creation of 1000s of jobs just a few hundred if that as the stuff is mass produced! Big business will win!

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  • CVFHQ  |  March 10 2014, 7:01PM

    Cannabis prohibition simply isn't working. The smartest policy our government could implement in regards to cannabis is one of legal regulation. Under a legalised scheme, thousands of taxable jobs would be created, giving our economy a much needed boost. It is time to stop arresting adults who choose to consume a product proven to be safer than both alcohol and tobacco. Cannabis Volunteer Force (CVF) CVF Media Team facebook.com/cvf420

  • QuiltingQueen  |  March 10 2014, 4:57PM

    Guess they figured a smack in the face from a rifle was sufficient punishment. Not sure I agree.

  • GlosAnarchy  |  March 10 2014, 4:42PM

    Suspended sentence why no prison?

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