Orpington man admits drug charge after police discover cannabis factory following death of woman

Orpington man Gareth Morgan pleaded guilty to one count of producing cannabis at Maidstone Crown Court.

Orpington man Gareth Morgan pleaded guilty to one count of producing cannabis at Maidstone Crown Court.

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An Orpington man has pleaded guilty to a drugs offence after police found a cannabis factory in Sevenoaks during an investigation following the death of a woman.

Gareth Morgan, aged 34, of Broadwater Gardens, Orpington, appeared at Maidstone Crown Court and admitted one count of producing cannabis.

He was arrested along with his cousin, Stevie Murphy, 34, from Sevenoaks, and another man, David Williams, 44, from Sundridge.

Ambulance crews and police were called to Murphy’s home on November 17, 2012 following reports his partner had become seriously ill after using cocaine.

Stacey McGuire, 37, died in hospital of multiple organ failure as a result of cocaine intoxication.

Murphy was arrested after a search of his home uncovered 45 cannabis plants in a garage and substantial quantities of cash.

Murphy's bank and credit card accounts showed receipts of more than £126,000 during 2012, which he was unable to attribute to a legitimate source of income.

Morgan was also arrested and claimed sole responsibility for growing the drugs in the garage.

He claimed Murphy was unaware of the cannabis factory and had simply given him permission to store clothes and other items there.

During interview Murphy insisted he had no knowledge of the illicit activity in his garage, but his fingerprints were detected on a book in his house entitled The Cannabis Grow Bible - The Definitive Guide to Growing Marijuana.

Forensic tests on a cash-filled envelope found in Murphy’s house then identified Williams and a search of his Sundridge home led to the discovery of cocaine with an estimated value of between £4,000 and £8,300 and two cannabis plants.

Drugs paraphernalia including mixing bowls, scales and items for cannabis production were also seized as well as £1,600 in cash.

Murphy pleaded guilty to producing cannabis, possessing criminal property and obtaining and disguising criminal property.

Williams pleaded guilty to possessing cocaine with intent to supply, two counts of producing cannabis and possessing criminal property.

Detective Constable Alastair Morgan said the guilty pleas were an indication of the overwhelming evidence against the three men.

Det Con Morgan said: "The three defendants were involved in the production and sale of substantial quantities of drugs, which are likely to have been distributed throughout Kent.

"We have proved Murphy’s lifestyle was far in excess of a legitimate income and expenditure. He had spent £30,000 on holiday bookings and spending money alone.

"Whilst none of these men have been directly implicated in the death of Stacey McGuire this investigation is a tragic reminder of the potentially lethal consequences of using cocaine.

"Many users may think it is safe to use on a recreational basis but there is simply no way of knowing how the body will react every time it is taken. This is why it remains a Class A controlled drug."

The three men will be sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court on April 7.

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3:48pm Mon 3 Mar 14

CVF420 says...

The sooner cannabis is legally regulated the better. Our current system of prohibition has been nothing short of an expensive, indefensible failure. A legal scheme would create thousands of taxable jobs, helping to massively boost our economy. It would also allow our police and court systems to focus on real crime, such as murder and assault.

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The sooner cannabis is legally regulated the better. Our current system of prohibition has been nothing short of an expensive, indefensible failure. A legal scheme would create thousands of taxable jobs, helping to massively boost our economy. It would also allow our police and court systems to focus on real crime, such as murder and assault. Cannabis Volunteer Force (CVF) CVF Media Team facebook.com/cvf420 CVF420
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5:26pm Mon 3 Mar 14

SidcupResident says...

Yeah the sooner we have Cannabis legalised the sooner we'll have 10,000s of not 100,000s more people with Schizophrenia, paranoia and other mental health issues associated with Cannabis. Along with more drug-driving accidents.

The people calling for Cannabis to be legalised, tend to be regular Cannabis users who refuse to admit they have a drug addiction and instead want to try and legitimise it.

May I suggest the following links instead:

http://m.talktofrank
.com/drug/cannabis

Argument against Cannabis legalisation:

http://hitchensblog.
mailonsunday.co.uk/2
009/11/arguments-aga
inst-legalising-drug
s.html
Yeah the sooner we have Cannabis legalised the sooner we'll have 10,000s of not 100,000s more people with Schizophrenia, paranoia and other mental health issues associated with Cannabis. Along with more drug-driving accidents. The people calling for Cannabis to be legalised, tend to be regular Cannabis users who refuse to admit they have a drug addiction and instead want to try and legitimise it. May I suggest the following links instead: http://m.talktofrank .com/drug/cannabis Argument against Cannabis legalisation: http://hitchensblog. mailonsunday.co.uk/2 009/11/arguments-aga inst-legalising-drug s.html SidcupResident
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8:05am Tue 4 Mar 14

Dr Martin says...

CVF420 wrote:
The sooner cannabis is legally regulated the better. Our current system of prohibition has been nothing short of an expensive, indefensible failure. A legal scheme would create thousands of taxable jobs, helping to massively boost our economy. It would also allow our police and court systems to focus on real crime, such as murder and assault.

Cannabis Volunteer Force (CVF)
CVF Media Team
facebook.com/cvf420
stoners will not pay tax on weed
[quote][p][bold]CVF420[/bold] wrote: The sooner cannabis is legally regulated the better. Our current system of prohibition has been nothing short of an expensive, indefensible failure. A legal scheme would create thousands of taxable jobs, helping to massively boost our economy. It would also allow our police and court systems to focus on real crime, such as murder and assault. Cannabis Volunteer Force (CVF) CVF Media Team facebook.com/cvf420[/p][/quote]stoners will not pay tax on weed Dr Martin
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11:40am Tue 4 Mar 14

SidcupResident says...

Dr Martin wrote:
CVF420 wrote:
The sooner cannabis is legally regulated the better. Our current system of prohibition has been nothing short of an expensive, indefensible failure. A legal scheme would create thousands of taxable jobs, helping to massively boost our economy. It would also allow our police and court systems to focus on real crime, such as murder and assault.

Cannabis Volunteer Force (CVF)
CVF Media Team
facebook.com/cvf420
stoners will not pay tax on weed
Well they are taxed. A LOT! When Cannabis growers like the one above are caught, all their cash and other assets are seized under the Proceeds Of Crime Act.
[quote][p][bold]Dr Martin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CVF420[/bold] wrote: The sooner cannabis is legally regulated the better. Our current system of prohibition has been nothing short of an expensive, indefensible failure. A legal scheme would create thousands of taxable jobs, helping to massively boost our economy. It would also allow our police and court systems to focus on real crime, such as murder and assault. Cannabis Volunteer Force (CVF) CVF Media Team facebook.com/cvf420[/p][/quote]stoners will not pay tax on weed[/p][/quote]Well they are taxed. A LOT! When Cannabis growers like the one above are caught, all their cash and other assets are seized under the Proceeds Of Crime Act. SidcupResident
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4:25pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Dr Martin says...

SidcupResident wrote:
Dr Martin wrote:
CVF420 wrote:
The sooner cannabis is legally regulated the better. Our current system of prohibition has been nothing short of an expensive, indefensible failure. A legal scheme would create thousands of taxable jobs, helping to massively boost our economy. It would also allow our police and court systems to focus on real crime, such as murder and assault.

Cannabis Volunteer Force (CVF)
CVF Media Team
facebook.com/cvf420
stoners will not pay tax on weed
Well they are taxed. A LOT! When Cannabis growers like the one above are caught, all their cash and other assets are seized under the Proceeds Of Crime Act.
I think you have misjudged on what I was trying to say

Pro pot peeps like CVF420 etc make claims that if you legalise cannabis you can tax it and raise millions in tax, however I believe stoners will not pay tax as they can get their dirty mitts on tax free weed quite easily, so his claim that legal weed will create thousands of taxable jobs would be true if you were talking about health care professionals like doctors and nurses
[quote][p][bold]SidcupResident[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dr Martin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CVF420[/bold] wrote: The sooner cannabis is legally regulated the better. Our current system of prohibition has been nothing short of an expensive, indefensible failure. A legal scheme would create thousands of taxable jobs, helping to massively boost our economy. It would also allow our police and court systems to focus on real crime, such as murder and assault. Cannabis Volunteer Force (CVF) CVF Media Team facebook.com/cvf420[/p][/quote]stoners will not pay tax on weed[/p][/quote]Well they are taxed. A LOT! When Cannabis growers like the one above are caught, all their cash and other assets are seized under the Proceeds Of Crime Act.[/p][/quote]I think you have misjudged on what I was trying to say Pro pot peeps like CVF420 etc make claims that if you legalise cannabis you can tax it and raise millions in tax, however I believe stoners will not pay tax as they can get their dirty mitts on tax free weed quite easily, so his claim that legal weed will create thousands of taxable jobs would be true if you were talking about health care professionals like doctors and nurses Dr Martin
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4:57pm Tue 4 Mar 14

SidcupResident says...

http://www.newsshopp
er.co.uk/news/nation
al/11052153.Legal_ca
nnabis_poses__grave_
danger_/

The above article has just been published with very good timing.
http://www.newsshopp er.co.uk/news/nation al/11052153.Legal_ca nnabis_poses__grave_ danger_/ The above article has just been published with very good timing. SidcupResident
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6:51pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Dr Martin says...

SidcupResident wrote:
http://www.newsshopp

er.co.uk/news/nation

al/11052153.Legal_ca

nnabis_poses__grave_

danger_/

The above article has just been published with very good timing.
Thank you for the link
[quote][p][bold]SidcupResident[/bold] wrote: http://www.newsshopp er.co.uk/news/nation al/11052153.Legal_ca nnabis_poses__grave_ danger_/ The above article has just been published with very good timing.[/p][/quote]Thank you for the link Dr Martin
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4:16pm Sat 8 Mar 14

Dr Martin says...

Please add your comments to this and other similar stories, your contributions would be welcome.
Please add your comments to this and other similar stories, your contributions would be welcome. Dr Martin
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