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Dad-To-Be Jailed For 16 Months

Friday November 15 2013

A DAD-TO-BE turned to growing cannabis to ease his family's financial troubles.

Dale Smales, 34, set up a cannabis farm at his home on Dearne Road, Bolton-on-Dearne, Sheffield Crown Court was told.

The set up could have yielded up to £15,300 on the streets.

Police found hydroponic growing equipment, a lighting system and blackened windows, said Andrew Bailey, prosecuting.

As well as finding dried cannabis, 17 empty plant pots and plant food, a ‘How to Grow Marijuana’ book was also uncovered.

Paul O’Shea, defending, said Smales and his partner were expecting a child and there were serious financial pressures on him.

Smales was jailed for 16 months.