A man who grew cannabis in a bungalow which he had bought in Rhyl made £150,000 out of the illegal enterprise, a judge has decided.
Defendant Timothy Bradley, aged 50, had previously claimed that another had grown the cannabis and that he came under duress to water the plants occasionally.
But his story was rejected at Caernarfon Crown Court when he was jailed for 27 months after he admitted cannabis production and abstracting electricity.
Now at a contested financial hearing under The Proceeds of Crime Act, the judge, Mr Recorder Timothy Petts, sitting at Mold Crown Court, said that the defendant’s story had been rejected previously and he said that Bradley had lied to him.
The judge ruled that the defendant’s criminal benefit from four cannabis grows at the Rhyl property was £150,411.
The available amount for confiscation was £13,432 made up of equity in property, the value of vehicles and cash held in restrained accounts.
He ordered that the money be paid within three months or the defendant would have to serve an additional nine months imprisonment.
Prosecuting barrister Matthew Curtis said that it was the prosecution case that while the defendant had admitted producing cannabis in 2015 after 67 cannabis plants were found, it had been going on in 2014 and that there had been four earlier grows with a potential profit of £37,000 each.
Documents seized at the property dating back to 2014 showed hand written notes and charts of the growing cycle of cannabis.
Web sites on growing cannabis had also been researched.
Bradley said that he had not seen the documentation before and that it was nothing to do with him.
Some of it, he said, was dated before he purchased the property in June for his mother.
He had been involved in one grow only on the basis of water plants for another man, and that he acted under duress.
But the judge rejected his story and said that he had set up a sophisticated cannabis growing system and said he was satisfied it had been on-going.
It was not surprising that no dealer’s lists had been found because it was not suggested that the defendant was a street dealer, the judge said.
Bradley, 51, of Statham Road, Prenton, Birkenhead, previously pleaded guilty to producing 67 cannabis plants at the premises in Rhuddlan Road between February and November, 2015 and abstracting electricity.
He claimed another man was behind the growing of the cannabis at the property.