A MAN who grew £75,000 worth of cannabis in two rented warehouses in Gloucester has been jailed for four years.
Michael Medley, 49, of Central road, Gloucester, admitted being concerned in production of cannabis.
Gloucester Crown Court heard his partner-in-crime Andrew Stevens, 37, has so far evaded justice because he went on the run after attending court last month when he pleaded guilty to the same offence.
Prosecutor Rupert Lowe told the court Medley and another man had together hired the units in Bristol Road, Gloucester to store and sell wedding imitation flowers.
In October 2012 neighbouring tenants started to smell cannabis and told police.
"Police executed a warrant the next day.
“They found a professionally constructed cannabis growing room upstairs.
"There were five tents, each 3metres by 3metres, with 600 watt bulbs in them switching on and off every 12 hours.
"Each tent had 36 plants growing in it - making a total of 180. They would have produced 8.45 kilos of flowering head cannabis with a value of between £60,000 and £75,000."
Police monitored the premises and Medley was arrested on December 4.
Police found Stevens' finger and thumbprints on the light bulbs and some DNA on face masks in the premises.
Judge Jamie Tabor QC commented that Medley had almost fifty convictions on his record.
Defence barrister Alison Scott-Jones told the court the only mitigation for Medley was that he had pleaded guilty.
Jailing Medley for four years Judge Tabor said: "You are a man who has been in the drugs scene really all your life.”