Leaking tap led police to £84k cannabis haul at builder's east Hull home
A BUILDER who grew £84,500 of cannabis was caught by police investigating his leaky tap.
Police officers went to the three-bedroom house in Jalland Street, east Hull, after they noticed water pouring out of the porch light.
When they entered the house owned by David Brown, they discovered the upstairs had been transformed into a sophisticated cannabis factory.
They were confronted with 474 cannabis plants – many 6ft tall, with a street value of £84,570.
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They also discovered £10,000 cash at the property.
Brown, who already had a conviction for producing cannabis, pleaded guilty at Hull Crown Court to producing cannabis.
Jailing him for two years and four months, Recorder Sandeep Kainth told him: “The more you grow, the greater the penalty is.”
Prosecutor Jharna Jobes told the court officers had spotted water coming out of the house on February 18 and discovered the factory when they investigated the leak.
She said Brown, 46, used his bike to sell cannabis around the city, away from his home.
She said: “He didn’t use a phone because he knew the police would look at it.
“He said some of the money found was from the sale of cannabis.”
Brown had already been jailed for 12 months in 1998 for cannabis production.
His solicitor Harold Bloomfield said Brown had been using cannabis for the past 25 years.
Mr Bloomfield said: “He made full and frank admissions to the police when he was interviewed.
“Even at that stage, he could quite clearly see the writing was on the wall about what the eventual outcome was going to be.”
Recorder Kainth said the cannabis factory at Brown’s house was a “sophisticated operation”.
He said: “You knew back in 1998 as to what the repercussions could be if you continued to grow cannabis.
“It cannot be said you were not alerted to what the sentences are for growing cannabis.”
Brown had undergone a kidney transplant when he was younger and was allowed home to collect his medication after being warned he was facing up to four years in prison.
Recorder Kainth said: “Thank you for coming back to court when you knew full well a custodial sentence was to be imposed.”
A proceeds of crime hearing will be held in October to recover the profit he has made through the sale of drugs.