UK: Lockdown Made Me Do It – I Couldn’t Get In Touch With My Dealer

Cannabis user forced to grow his own because of virus lockdown – but then the police came calling reports the Leicester Mercury


A man turned to growing his own cannabis when the coronavirus lockdown meant he could not get in touch with any dealers – but his plan came unstuck when police officers sniffed out what he was up to.

Officers detected the unmistakable aroma of cannabis coming from Matthew Dagley’s home in Victoria Street, Melton in May.

They went inside the house and found six plants as well as lights and ventilation equipment.

Dagley, who had tampered with the mains supply to power his set-up, said he had decided to grow his own crop because he had been struggling to find a supplier during lockdown, a court heard.

The 45-year-old appeared at Leicester Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday September 23 and admitted a single charge of cannabis cultivation.

Prosecutor Sally Bedford told the court that the Leicestershire Police officers were in Dagley’s neighbourhood on other inquiries on Monday, May 11 when they smelled the class B drug coming from his house.

Ms Bedford said: “They went into the house and found an area had been set up to grow cannabis.

“The electricity had been bypassed and there were lights, fans and six cannabis plants which were clearly in the early stages of growth.

“He was arrested and interviewed and said that due to COVID-19 he had decided to grow his own.

“He said he had a significant habit and was spending £50 to £100 a week on this particular drug.“

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