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Heaton man jailed for drugs offence
11:00am Saturday 23rd March 2013 in News
A man twice caught by the police farming cannabis has been jailed for nine months.
Asif Rashid, 30, by-passed the electric meter to heat 64 cannabis plants with a potential value of £26,400.
Police seized the plants, equipment and bags of cannabis buds when they raided his house in Quarry Street, Heaton, Bradford, on May 5 last year.
When officers came back to the address, on June 21, they discovered three cannabis plants in a wardrobe and loose amounts of drug, Bradford Crown Court heard.
Rashid pleaded guilty to abstraction of electricity and two lots of production of cannabis and possession of the drug with intent to supply. Prosecutor Simon Haring said the second set of offences were committed on bail. Rashid was in breach of a suspended jail sentence.
His barrister, Shafqat Khan, said Rashid grew the cannabis for himself and a few close friends who were already using the drug.
Recorder Graham Hyland QC the offences were aggravated because he grew plants on bail. Rashid was jailed for eight months for the drugs offences and one month of the suspended sentence was activated.