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Former traffic warden cultivated drugs worth thousands

Thursday, 16 March 2017

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A FORMER traffic warden, who has been sentenced for the cultivation of thousands of pounds worth of drugs in his Portstewart flat, claimed he was "too ill" to argue with a friend who set up a cannabis factory in an unused bedroom.
Donald Leighton, (50), of Ardmore Drive, previously admitted charges of cultivating cannabis and possessing the Class B drug and at North Antrim Magistrates Court in Coleraine on Monday, March 13 he was given four months in jail, suspended for two years.
A prosecutor said police believed the plants could have yielded cannabis worth between 2,800 and 13,000.
Police searched the ground floor flat on February 9 last year when Leighton was present and discovered one of the two bedrooms was converted to grow cannabis in tents with fertiliser and lamps. Some cannabis was found in a tray.
Leighton was arrested and during interview said he was the sole occupant of the house.
The defendant claimed that four weeks earlier a friend he had known for 35 years asked him if he could use the property to put up a growing tent and he was "too ill to argue". He claimed he did not know cannabis was being grown and said he received no reward from the other man who had keys to the flat.
*Read the full article in this week's Chronicle.

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