A ‘talented horticulturalist’ has been jailed for three years after police raided a cannabis farm.
The farm was so extensive that it was described in court as a ‘market gardening business’.
Wayne Geraghty, 37, was arrested when police raided Hillcrest Farm in Sandy on September 13 last year.
They found 59 mature plants and 46 seedlings , along with 1.12 kilos of the drug that was already bagged up, Luton crown court heard.
The growing plants had a potential value of between £15,450 and £77,000. The harvested cannabis was worth between £6,000 and £10,000. Another 36 grams of cannabis was found in 54 small plastic bags. A total of £4,640 was found.
A mobile phone belonging to a 17-year-old boy, who was also arrested, was seized. Messages on the phone referred to drugs.
Geraghty, now of Northumberland Park, Tottenham, pleaded guilty to cultivating cannabis and supply cannabis.
A 17 year old boy also admitted the same charges.
Recorder Patrick Fields told father of four Geraghty: “It is clear from testimonials I have received on your behalf that you are a gifted horticulturalist.”
But h said it was inevitable that he should go to prison.
He sentenced the teenager, who cannot be named, to a three year Youth Rehabilitation Order with three years’ supervision. He must carry out 120 hours’ unpaid work. As he left the dock he said ‘Thank you for the chance’ to the judge.
A confiscation hearing will be set at a later date.