Man jailed after growing cannabis worth £189,000 in loft
A man has been jailed after cannabis with a street value of up to £189,000 was found growing in a loft.
The 226 plants were found when officers executed a search warrant at a top floor flat in Westborough Road, Westcliff, on September 15, 2016.
Officers arrested Christopher Tame at the scene, who claimed he was only there to water them and that he was helping his friend, Roy Laidlaw, who was the flat’s tenant.
A further warrant was executed on the same day at an address in Broadclyst Gardens, Thorpe Bay. Officers found a carrier bag containing £21,000 in notes, later found to belong to Tame.
Tame, 40, unemployed, of Wallace Street, Shoeburyness, was charged with cannabis production; abstracting electricity; acquiring, using or possession of criminal property; and concealing, disguising, converting, transferring or removing criminal property.
He admitted production of cannabis but denied the other charges.
However, he was found guilty by a jury at Basildon Crown Court on Friday, April 6.
Tame was jailed yesterday, Thursday, April 12, to four years in prison for the production of cannabis. He was also sentenced to a three year custodial sentence for concealing criminal property, 15 months for transferring criminal property and an additional four months for the abstraction of electricity, all of which will run concurrently to the four year sentence.
Laidlaw, 49, an architect of High Street, Great Wakering, was charged with cannabis production and abstracting electricity, which he admitted at Chelmsford Crown Court on June 15 this year. He was given a 20 month custodial sentence, suspended for two years, along with a home detention curfew for three months.
Following sentencing, Detective Inspector Steve Nelson said: “The verdict and sentencing outcome proves that both the judge and the jury rejected Christopher Tame’s claim that he had a limited role in the production of this illegal drug.
“It was clear he was involved in organising its production and that he had substantial links to others involved in the supply chain, finically benefiting as a result.”