Drug pair jailed for growing cannabis
Saturday, October 04, 2008, 07:30
TWO men who grew more than 200 cannabis plants in industrial units in Lincolnshire have been jailed.
Roger Bayes (38) and Dale Melling (22) rented out industrial units and grew more than 200 cannabis plants.
Police raided the units after carrying out a surveillance operation and found the plants, growing equipment, a pressing machine and two freezer bags containing cocaine, Lincoln Crown Court heard.
The pair employed a third man, Marc Freeman (29) as a 'gardener' for the cannabis.
Bayes, of Keddington Avenue, Ermine, Lincoln, admitted renting the unit at Silver Tree Farm in Kettlethorpe, near Gainsborough, from unknowing owner David Young,
He was jailed for three-and-half years.
Melling, of Jensen Road, Bracebridge Heath, rented a second unit in Dixon Street, off Lincoln High Street.
He received a four-year sentence.
The gardener Freeman, of East Liberty, Lincoln, avoided jail, and was given a six-month curfew and ordered to complete 150 hours of community service.
All three admitted conspiring to produce cannabis following the raids in July, last year.