A couple growing and selling cannabis appeared at court terrified at the prospect of going to prison.
Emma Blunt, 20, and her boyfriend, George Davis, 28, both admitted being concerned in the production of the drug and possession of cannabis with intent to supply.
Prosecutor Julian Kesner told Gloucester Crown Court police raided their Dark Cottage home in Allsopp Close, Newnham on October 7, last year.
Officers found five cannabis plants growing in their home, worth a potential street value of £2,700.
Mr Kesner said: “Three were being grown under a single lamp in the loft and unusually two were found growing in the garden.
“On the scale of what we deal with in the production of cannabis this is at the lowest end.
“It was unsophisticated. The electricity supply had not been diverted.
“Both the defendant’s phones were seized and there were text messages which the drugs officer said clearly established they were both concerned in the supply.
“They were making some money out of it, but it was not a substantial enterprise.”
Defending Tim Burrows said the pair was both looking pale in the dock as they were warned prison could be a likely outcome.
He said: “It has been a rude awakening for them. She in particular has been extremely concerned and upset about what has happened to them.”
The court heard neither Blunt, an administrator in Gloucester, or Davis, a care assistant in the Forest of Dean, had previous convictions.
Judge William Hart said the charges could mean a prison sentence, but because of the pair’s age, the lack of previous convictions and timely guilty pleas they would avoid immediate custody.
He sentenced them both to a 12 month community order, 120 hours unpaid work each and ordered they pay £200 costs.
“You both looked terrified when you came into court,” he told them.
Davis thanked the judge following the sentence.
He ordered the forfeiture and destruction of the drugs and growing equipment.