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Two Men Handed Suspended Jail Terms

Thursday August 22 2013

Barnsley Magistrates' Court Barnsley Magistrates' Court

TWO men found with cannabis with a street value totalling £5,900 at their homes have been handed suspended jail sentences.

Graham Taylor, 29, and Lee John Mcfarlane, 29, said it was cheaper to grow their own, Barnsley Magistrates' Court was told.

Chantel Lowery-Green, prosecuting, said cannabis with a street value of £3,600 was found at Taylor's home on Tune Street, Barnsley.

She said cannabis worth £2,300 was discovered at Mcfarlane's home at Warren Crescent, Worsbrough Common.

The discoveries by police were sparked after Mcfarlane was stopped for drink driving and having about £120 of cocaine on him.

Gerard Casey, representing both men, said Taylor had grown four plants for about six days.

He said Mcfarlane had increased the amount of cannabis he took to alleviate pain because of a problem with his hip.

Mr Casey added: "Mr Mcfarlane says it was cheaper to grow cannabis. It would have cost him £1,240 to buy the same amount on the street."

Taylor, who admitted cannabis production, was given an 18-week prison sentence, suspended for a year. Mcfarlane, who admitted possession of cannabis, cocaine and drink driving, was given a 24-week jail sentence, suspended for a year.

Both men were ordered to do 200 hours of unpaid work, to pay £85 in costs and a victim surcharge of £80.

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Reply Posted by katie louise on Thursday August 22 2013 at 11:14
unlucky hahaha! no sympathy for people like this!

Reply Posted by jan on Thursday August 22 2013 at 16:36
drink driving, an amount of cocaine, large amount of cannabis growing... and a suspended sentence... what a joke

Reply Posted by anon on Sunday August 25 2013 at 09:01
Anybody found growing cannabis should go to prison. The country is too soft with dealers and users alike.

Reply Posted by Kelly jo on Sunday August 25 2013 at 10:36
Barnsley is drug capital at min. Every other story on here involves drugs. Wonder when something will get done about it

Reply Posted by tracy on Monday August 26 2013 at 09:24
Our goverment and the police r so crap at there job..send peeo to jail for shop lifting....but eh grow canabis and live free

Reply Posted by Simon Walsh on Monday August 26 2013 at 09:35
Let's face it police won't come down hard on drugs because if they more or less cut the supply they would have a load of unpredictable cold turkey scum roaming the streets. They prefer to control the supply as best they can to keep things on an even keel.

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