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Swanley man jailed for growing £18,000 of cannabis
A SWANLEY man has been jailed for two-and-a-half-years for growing cannabis with a street value of £18,000.
Jesse Yelding, 21, of Lime Road, appeared before Maidstone Crown Court yesterday and pleaded guilty to the production of the Class B drug and the illegal abstraction of electricity.
Police executed a search of Mr Yelding’s home on August 16 last year and found 48 cannabis plants in an upstairs bedroom.
They also discovered the electricity meter had been bypassed.
Investigating officer PC Paul Newton, of Kent Police, said: "Yelding had claimed the cannabis was for personal use but the amount of cannabis that could have been produced over the course of a year suggests otherwise.
"Illegal substances can be responsible for a number of other crimes, such as violence, anti-social behaviour and theft, so it is good news that we have stopped a sizeable amount of cannabis entering circulation in Kent."