Burnley dad had cannabis farm in cellar

Burnley Crown Court.
Burnley Crown Court.

A dad who kept a cannabis farm in his cellar has been told to sort his life out.

Akbar Ullah, of Briercliffe Road, Burnley, had enough of the drug to earn £7,200 from 720 £10 deals. He was given a 18-month community order with supervision when he appeared at Burnley Crown court and pleaded guilty to growing the crop.

The court was told police discovered the cannabis farm when they went to his then home in Queen Victoria Road, Burnley, to ask about the ownership of a vehicle.

“When they went in the house there was a very strong smell of cannabis,” said Mr Tim Storrie (prosecuting). “In the cellar they found a sizeable operation. There were 18 plants, a black-out tent, items about growing marijuana and other paraphernalia. Some cannabis had been taken from plants and there was some in a freezer.”

Ullah (36) made a prepared statement to police after being arrested. He said he had smoked cannabis for several years, but it was becoming an expensive habit so he had decided to experiment producing it himself.

The Crown, said Mr Storrie, made no allegation that Ullah was in possession with intent to supply cannabis, although he did have previous convictions for possession.

Mr Ahmed Nadim (defending) said Ullah’s court appearance had brought about a period of introspection. He had a job for the first time in five years and was under no illusion that his future would be in his own hands if he were given a chance with a community order. Sentencing, Judge Beverly Lunt told Ullah: “If you re offend you will be back before me, and I will send you to prison.”