Wetherby man jailed after police find 23 cannabis plants growing in North Yorkshire

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A Wetherby man has been jailed after police discovered a highly equipped cannabis farm in rural North Yorkshire.

Thomas Leggett, 29, had rigged up sophisticated hydroponic systems and “growing tents” at the farm in Ulleskelf, near Tadcaster, where police found 23 plants nearing fruition, York Crown Court heard when he appeared for sentence on Tuesday.

Leggett had earlier been stopped in a white Volkswagen van near the farm when he handed police a bag of drugs “the size of a tennis ball”, said prosecutor Chloe Fairley.

He was pulled over at about midnight and told police “there would be cannabis inside”, she added.

Later that morning, after Leggett had been taken into custody, police searched the farm, which was home to Leggett’s partner, 30-year-old Anna Bould.

During the search, on March 7, 2019, officers found that two of the upstairs bedrooms had been turned into cannabis grows “using growing tents and sophisticated equipment”.

The 23 plants, which were about eight weeks’ old, were “beginning to flower”.

The estimated yield, should the plants have been fully cultivated and bagged up, was worth up to £11,000.

“Also found was a book with names and numbers (which looked like) a dealer list,” said Ms Fairley.

Police also discovered drug bags with “multiple tablets”. The 342 tablets were MDMA – a Class A drug similar to Ecstasy. They had an estimated “street value” of £1,710.

Leggett gave police a prepared statement claiming that the MDMA and cannabis were for his own use and refused to answer questions thereafter, as did Bould after she was arrested.

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