Young Derbyshire cannabis grower caught twice in three months
Jordan Williams turned to selling to pay off a drug debt
A 23-year-old Derbyshire drug dealer had a cannabis grow dismantled at his home but was caught with a second one just three months later.
Derby Crown Court heard how police uncovered the operation at the home of Jordan Williams after armed officers responded to reports of weapons being seen in the street outside.
Although it consisted of just 20 plants the prosecution said it was clear “he knew exactly what he was doing”.
That grow was taken apart but weeks afterwards officers returned to his property and another grow, containing 29 plants, was found.
Williams claimed he was forced to start the commercial production by others further up the chain to pay off a drugs debt.
And a combination of factors including him becoming a father and having no relevant previous convictions spared him custody.
Handing him a two-year community order, Judge Jason Macadam said: “You are young and quite frankly you acted in an idiotic way.
“You need to concentrate on earning a living and looking after your family.
“I really can’t help you any more than this.”
Noel Philo, prosecuting, said the first offence took place in November 2018 when police were called to the street where Williams lives amid concerns weapons had been seen there.
He said armed police were among the officers who attended and when they went inside his property they discovered a cannabis grow.
Mr Philo said: “Although it was comparatively small, some 20 plants, the set up was such that it was clear he knew exactly what he was doing.”
The second offence
He said having been released under investigation for that offence police went back to the property on February 12 where they found another cannabis grow.
This one consisted of 29 plants and had the associated paraphernalia associated with a grow.
Mr Philo said: “He pleaded guilty on the basis that he was under pressure from other people and had a drug debt so embarked on this commercial production for the second time.”
Williams, of Racecourse Road, Newbold, Chesterfield, pleaded guilty to two counts of production of cannabis and supply of cannabis.
As part of his community order he was ordered to carry out 100 hours unpaid work and to attend 12 rehabilitation sessions with the probation service.
Tony Stanford, mitigating, said his client has recognised mental health problems and has recently become a father.
He said: “He tells me he does not like to talk about these issues and that the birth of his child has been very productive for him.
“He has now twice tested negative for all drugs and he is confident of finding employment in the new year.”