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Gloucester man escapes jail after growing cannabis at his home

By EchoLauraC  |  Posted: January 10, 2014

Gloucester Crown Court

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Text messages proved a Coopers Hill man was trying to supply cocaine after a police bust found cannabis plants growing in his home.

Steven Ferry escaped a jail sentence yesterday after he admitted a string of drugs offences.

Gloucester Crown Court heard the 27-year-old’s home he shared with his brother in Stanbury Mews, Hucclecote was raided by officers on October 22, 2012.

Prosecutor Nick O’Brien said police discovered a number of plants growing in the house, which had a potential yield of 226.98 grams, worth an estimated street value of £2,269.

He said: “The defendant and his brother’s phone were seized and sent for examination.

“It is apparent he was responsible for buying cocaine to be supplied between friends.

“He said there were two crops (of cannabis) grown.

“One in October and one in the march, that had gone mouldy and none of it had been sold.”

Defending Joe Maloney said Ferry now of Painswick Road, Coopers Hill was involved in an accident in April 2010 and thought he had twisted his ankle.

But a misdiagnosis and complications left Ferry with a much worse injury.

He said: “It became so serious he sought out pain relief from other ways and that is why he became deeply involved in drug taking.

“He got deeper and deeper into it.

“This is a man that is an intelligent man, who has worked throughout his life and is held in good esteem by friends and family.

“He recognises what he has done is wrong and I would urge you to consider this as a blip.”

Recorder Rosie Collins added: “I know you say the reason you started this was experimental, as to pain killing, but it very quickly turned into a small domestic enterprise.

“It was an enterprise that made you a certain amount money.

“You in some way got your brother in trouble, but did resolve him from responsibility.”

Ferry pleaded guilty to being concerned in the production of the drug between January and October 2012.

He also admitted supplying cannabis between March and October of the same year and offering to supply cocaine.

Recorder Collins jailed Ferry for 20 months, but suspended the sentence for two years.

She ordered he carry out 120 hours unpaid work and pay £1,000 in cost.

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