A man who could have netted more than Â£100,000 from his cannabis crop has been jailed.
Wesley Keith Coulding (06/12/1977), previously of Hattersley Road West, admitted producing cannabis, possession of cannabis with intent to supply and possessing cocaine.
At Minshull Street Crown Court today, Monday 28 July 2014, he was sentenced to a total of two years in prison.
On 8 March 2014, he was stopped on Mottram Road, Hyde after officers suspected him to be a disqualified driver.
He was found in possession of Â£1,755 and a machete and was arrested.
His house along with his motherâ€™s address on Torrington Drive where he had been staying were both searched.
At his home, a cannabis farm consisting of 114 juvenile cannabis plants was discovered.
A drug valuation officer put the potential yield of the cannabis plants at being in excess of Â£115,000.
During a search of his motherâ€™s house, a pack of cannabis weighing almost five ounces â€“ with a potential street value in excess of Â£2,700 – was seized from a wheelie bin outside the address.
He was also charged with possessing cocaine following analysis of white powder discovered during an earlier house search in December 2013.
Police Constable Alex Camplin, said: â€œCoulding transformed his house into a drugs den and moved out in order to allow his plan and plants to flourish.
â€œWhile Coulding claimed that he would not see the proceeds of the cannabis he was producing, he stood to earn a vast amount of cash and would have succeeded had we not disrupted this sophisticated cannabis farm.
â€œThe message I want to send out is simple: while on the face of it the lure of making money through drugs seems appealing, the risks far outweigh the benefit and if caught we will take your drugs, any money you have made from your criminal endeavours and you will go to prison.â€