16.08.2012 | no replies
Pot farm in the barn: Landlord spared jail for unknowingly allowing two men to run cannabis factory
A struggling dairy farmer who unknowingly allowed two men to run a cannabis farm in his barn has been shown mercy.
When dad of six Andrew Titterton, 39, learned what was going on, he kept quiet for the sake of a monthly £440 rent, a court heard.
Last summer, a police raid busted the operation, worth up to £96,000.
Patrick Buckley, defending, told Liverpool crown court his client was "not worldly-wise", adding: "Jail would be catastrophic for him and his family."
A judge took pity on Titterton, 39, who admitted allowing the operation in Saverley Green, Staffs, and gave him a 10-month suspended jail sentence.
David Houghton, 42, of Skelmersdale, West Lancs, got four years after admitting conspiracy to produce drugs.
Ian Adderley, 46, of Liverpool, got two and a half years for admitting running the factory.
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