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Baxenden cannabis grower spared prison
A CIVIL engineer who was growing 66 cannabis plants at the home he shares with his wife and child was spared jail, but got a ticking off from a judge.
Burnley Crown Court heard how former soldier Alexander Egan, 31, said to be alcohol dependent, was cultivating the drugs in “controlled” conditions in an upstairs bedroom and loft area at Southwood Drive, Baxenden.
Egan claimed the cannabis was for his own use.
The defendant, who had previous convictions, but none for drugs and nothing for some time, admitted producing cannabis in April.
Judge Beverley Lunt said anyone who grew cannabis must understand there must be a custodial sentence. There was a large deterrent element, even if the drugs were for personal use.
She told the defendant: “You are said to be a good husband and father. A good husband and father doesn't grow an illegal drug in the family home. You are neither of these things.”
Egan was given 34 weeks in jail, suspended for 12 months, with 12 months supervision.