Police discover nine cannabis plants growing in South Molton loft

North Devon Magistrates Court, Barnstaple

North Devon Magistrates Court, Barnstaple - Credit: Archant

The 30-year-old from Barnstaple pleaded guilty to two counts of possessing the class B drugs when nine plants were discovered in his loft.

A BARNSTAPLE man has been ordered to undertake unpaid work after police discovered nine cannabis plants in his loft.

Andrew Rimmington, 30, of Corporation Street, Barnstaple, was growing the cannabis – with an estimated of yield of around £4,000, for himself in grow bags.

When police entered the house in South Molton where he lived at the time, they smelt the drug and proceeded to search the property.

Rimmington handed over a bag with 0.5g of skunk from his pocket and admitted he was growing the plants when he was arrested for possession.

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Tony Dart, defending, dismissed the street value of the plants as ‘nonsense’ and said they were only about 18 inches tall and not yet at full maturity.

He said: “It was hardly a sophisticated operation; it was for his own personal use.”

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The court heard Rimmington, a landscape gardener who is currently out of work and on jobseeker’s allowance, had 24 previous convictions.

Rimmington pleaded guilty to two charges of possession of cannabis on Friday and was sentenced to 50 hours of unpaid work.

Magistrates also ordered the forfeiture and destruction of the drugs.

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