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Father and son appear in court on drug charges

AN Ulverston father and son’s cannabis factory was uncovered after their stash was stolen, a court was told.

Daniel Orsini, 21, admitted charges of supplying and producing a class B drug at Furness Magistrates’ Court on Thursday. His father Paul Daniel Craven, 47, admitted one charge of production of a class B drug.

The court heard that police had been called to the pair’s home in Larch Grove, Ulverston, on January 17 after reports of a disturbance.

Prosecuting, Mrs Katherine Wilson said the father and son had acted suspiciously when police arrived.

She said: “On police arriving, the defendants were found to be acting in a suspicious manner and were not turning on the lighting within the property.”

A police search found an array of drug paraphernalia – including bongs, bags, lights for growing drugs and cigarette papers. They also found cannabis leaves and the remains of plants, along with two black bin liners that contained samples of cannabis.

Defending, Mr Graham Jackson said the defendants had been raided by a gang who stole the drugs the pair were growing and beat Craven prior to the police arriving.

He said: “A group of men raided the house. They obviously knew what was going on from somewhere, went up into the loft, brought the plants down and scraped the leaves out, bundled the plants into bags and were gone.”

Mr Jackson said Craven had allowed his son to grow the drug after he was robbed at knifepoint while buying the drug.

Craven was jailed in 2007 after 72 cannabis plants were found at the same property. However, the equipment he used to produce them was never seized, and he allowed his son to use this to grow drugs which Orsini used and sold to a group of friends.

Mr Jackson said: “It was an inappropriate decision, firstly from a parenting view and secondly, it did not put his son out of harm’s way.”

In an interview with police, Orsini admitted he had started to grow his own cannabis to save himself money and sold packets of the drug to friends.

The magistrates decided the incident was serious and called for an ‘all options’ report to be prepared for both men.

Craven and Orsini will return to the court on February 7 to learn their fate.

Have your say

With all the cuts that the Conservatives are up to such as closing hospital wards and police stations, as well as tripling the cost of university education, I think it's a disgrace that the police and courts spend any time or resources on enforcing the senseless prohibition of cannabis.

A crime must have victims to be a crime. Cannabis consumers neither harm themselves nor others.

Posted by Guillaume Mercier on 4 February 2013 at 17:04

What a waste of police time and taxes. These two have done no harm to anyone. The only victims here are the father and son who will receive a total disproportionate sentence which will afflict them in the future and probably cost even more money in benefits. Give them a licence like one GW Pharma have got and leave them to it. No VICTIM - No CRIME

Posted by Chris on 4 February 2013 at 13:54

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