Tamworth man who cultivated cannabis in his council flat jailed

Monday, 21st May 2018

A TAMWORTH man has been sentenced to 22 months in jail for cultivating cannabis at a local authority flat in the town.

Stafford Crown Court heard that Ashley Kane, aged 24, had grown cannabis plants at a flat in Edale, Tamworth.

Officers acted on information from local residents and executed a warrant at the flat in the morning of 6 April 2017 and discovered the remains of a cannabis grow.

Thirteen harvested cannabis plants and two live plants were discovered.

JAILED - Ashley Kane (Credit: Staffordshire Police)
JAILED - Ashley Kane (Credit: Staffordshire Police)

Fingerprints from the flat led officers to Kane, who was arrested on 8 April last year at his home address in Tamworth Road, Kettlebrook.

Hydroponic equipment, light bulbs and hessian pots, matching those seen at Edale, and a filter unit and tent containing light fittings, were seized by officers.

A typical yield for 15 plants is in the order of 825 grams (15 plants x 55 grams), with a street value of around £8,250.

Kane pleaded guilty at a hearing on 25 April at Stafford Crown Court.

Sentencing, Judge Salmon, said: “A one-bedroom flat had been turned into a small-scale cannabis factory.

“You were someone who played a significant role in this cannabis factory. Your motivation was cannabis for your own supply, as well as profits from selling to others.”

Chief Inspector Ashley Farrington, of Tamworth Local Policing Team, said: “We were pleased to act on information from the community in this case.

“We welcome any information the public can provide and will not tolerate drug-dealing or cultivation of drugs in Tamworth.”

Kane was told he would serve half of his sentence in custody and the remaining half on licence.

Anyone with information on drug-dealing in their community should call Staffordshire Police on 101.

You can also report information about crime by contacting the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court.