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Friends who ran cannabis farm in Bacup spared jail
5:00pm Tuesday 15th October 2013 in News
TWO friends who ran a near £20,000 cannabis farm at the house they shared in Bacup, were spared jail.
Rory Mallon, 28, had set up the 52 plant enterprise to make some money at his home on Rockcliffe Road.
Craig Naylor, 30, also a former workmate, joined in for the last month before the police turned up and caught them.
He had moved in with his co-defendant after his partner had thrown him out.
Naylor, a father-of-two, was also the go-between for a completely separate cannabis operation, finding buyers for the drugs.
But there was no evidence he had secured any customers, Burnley Crown Court was told.
Mallon, a crane operator, of Rockcliffe Road, and his co-defendant, an unemployed 'curtain fitter', who fits glass to the side of modern buildings, both admitted producing cannabis and abstracting electricity.
Naylor, now of Langworthy Road, Salford, also pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of cannabis.
Neither have any previous convictions for drugs.
Mallon was given eight months in jail, suspended for a year and was fined £200.
Naylor received four months in custody, suspended for 12 months and was fined £100.
They were given their sentences by Recorder Margaret Rylands.