A BARNSLEY man guilty of the production of cannabis has been handed a suspended sentence.

Mariusz Baczek, 36, of Cloister Way, pleaded guilty to producing a class B drug and the possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply at Sheffield Crown Court last August.

In May last years, officers received information that cannabis was being grown in the Grimethorpe area.

Police gained entry to the property and and a cannabis was located in the upstairs bedroom.

Bączek was arrested on May 12 and charged with suspicion of cannabis cultivation and possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply a week later.

He was sentenced to 16 months in prison at Sheffield Crown Court on March 4, suspended for two years.

PC Pete Jackson said: “This is an excellent example of where the concerns of the public were acted upon leading to the arrest.

“Through information received we have been able to prevent the drugs from getting onto the streets of Barnsley.

“A proceeds of crime hearing will now take place to ensure that any money or assets gained from the production of the drugs is recovered.”