A ‘naive’ dairy farming landlord from Stoke-on-Trent has been spared jail, after being duped by his two drug dealing tenants.
Between April and August 2011 David Houghton & Ian Adderly fitted Andrew Titterton’s barn with a hydroponic watering system, lights and fans which were fed off electricity stolen from the mains.
When police raided the property, they discovered 214 adult plants capable of yielding nearly 10kg of Cannabis; worth up to £96,000.
Daniel Travers, prosecuting, told Liverpool Crown Court that whilst police had been carrying out surveillance on Adderly (who was suspected of being part of a conspiracy to import heroin and cocaine from Europe via HGV’s) they witnessed him working at Titterton’s farm; wearing heavy gloves and carrying pipes & tubing. And by July they could smell the Cannabis from their hiding places, which were more than 50m away!
The court heard that when Titterton, dad of 6 and struggling dairy farmer, learned what was going on in his property he kept quiet and continued to collect the monthly £440 rent.
His barrister described him as a ‘naive’ man, who worked 18-hour days to support his family, rarely left his village and had been ‘taken advantage of by more sophisticated criminals’.
Titterton, 39, admitted allowing the operation in Lea Croft Hall Farm, Saverley Green, Stoke and was given a 10-month suspended jail sentence and a 6 month curfew.
Adderly, 46, of Sennen Road Kirkby was jailed for a total of 12 years in February, which included 2½ years for the Cannabis farm; after admitting running the drug factory.
Co-accused Houghton, 42, (who had previously been jailed for possession of ammunition, supplying Cannabis, and conspiracy to supply Cocaine) was jailed for 4 years this week; after admitting conspiracy to produce drugs.
Houghton, of Ledburn, Skelmersdale, shook hands with his landlord whose barn he had used before being taken down to the cells.
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