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Thursday, 23 October 2014

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Judge orders valuation of cannabis found in Cumbria

A judge has ordered that a more thorough valuation is needed of cannabis plants which were found in the possession of a Frizington man.

John Macauley, 53, of Main Street, has already admitted possessing and producing the class B drug.

At Carlisle Crown Court on Friday, prosecuting barrister Greg Hoare described how police had seized 18 cannabis plants from the defendant but it appeared that only four were ever sent for forensic analysis by the police.

If, as Macauley claimed, only four of the 18 plants were viable, then an officer’s suggestion that the haul was worth £10,000 could be called into question.

If his assertion that only four plants were viable is wrong, then his claim that they were for personal use only could be affected.

“Information about the plants could make a difference to sentence,” said Mr Hoare.

Recorder David Williams agreed and adjourned the case until June 20 so that further inquiries can be made.

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