A Doncaster man has been sentenced to a year in jail after running a “cannabis factory” from the attic of his Balby home.
Levi Delmar, 26, of 74 Waverley Avenue, was found with approximately 1.6kg of cannabis – which has a street value of up to £16,000 – and criminal property in cash amounting to nearly £7,500, Sheffield Crown Court heard.
Prosecutor Neil Coxon said police also found drying-out apparatus used in cannabis cultivation, and remnants of a cannabis grow-op in the attic when they raided Delmar’s home on 2 August last year.
“This is clearly a cannabis factory, with clearly significant cannabis production given the amount of cannabis and money found,” he told the court.
“This was a commercial enterprise involving organised buying and selling on a commercial scale.”
A machete was also found at Delmar’s home, but this was legal to have on his private property and, when asked if this could be an aggravating aspect of the cannabis production, the defence said it was linked to his job as a gamekeeper.
In a written statement to the court, Delmar’s employer said: “Levi has progressed in character to become a well-rounded individual.”
The court also heard Delmar was seeking full custody of his seven-year-old daughter to allow the child’s mother, his former partner, who had since become embroiled in an abusive relationship, to be able to see her but get the child away from the abuse.
Presiding over the case, Miss Recorder Felicity Davies said Delmar had not learned from his previous convictions for drug offences and had repeatedly breached court orders and ignored the law.
He was sentenced to 12 months in jail and given a statutory charge that requires payment within a year of his release.