10.07.2012 | no replies
Jail for Tenby chip shop cannabis men
67-ear-old Brian Davies had run into financial difficulties while operating the Spinnaker chip shop in Upper Frog Street, Tenby.
Another businessman who helped him, Alistair Firth, 42, of The Green, Tenby, was also jailed for 20 months.
Mark Millard, 36, of Newbridge, Letterston, who acted as the "gardener" because of his expertise in rearing cannabis plants, was given a 12 month suspended sentence, and ordered to carry out 240 hours of community service.
They all admitted their involvement in the production of 166 cannabis plants between December 1, 2010, and April 14, 2011.
Swansea Crown Court heard that two rooms at the Spinnaker had been converted into a cannabis factory and could have yielded six kilos of the drug.
Dyfed Thomas, the barrister representing Davies, said his client had now lost everything "in a venture that was foolish from beginning to end."
Judge Keith Thomas ruled that Davies had made £15,142 out of the operation and Firth £21,912.
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