Burnley woman who grew '˜sophisticated' cannabis farm in her basement faces jail

A woman who had a 'sophisticated' cannabis farm with almost 40 plants in her basement, could be facing jail.

Friday, 29th April 2016, 9:00 am
Updated Wednesday, 4th May 2016, 4:06 pm

Burnley magistrates heard how Gemma Louise Jacques (33) wouldn’t let police search her home on Pritchard Street in the town when officers turned up. She changed her mind when told they would get a warrant.

The hearing was told how police found 39 plants and “associated equipment” and also discovered the electricity meter had been by-passed.

Jacques admitted producing cannabis and abstracting electricity, on March 10th and was committed to Burnley Crown Court to be sentenced in June.

Prosecutor Mrs Kerry Grieve told the court police went to the defendant’s house after reports there was a smell of cannabis. They suspected there may be a drugs farm at the premises.

Mrs Grieve said the defendant made no comment when interviewed and no account was put forward. She had a caution for being concerned in producing a Class C controlled drug.

The prosecutor added: “We say this is a significant role. There was some relatively sophisticated equipment being used.”