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Cannabis farmer convicted for £53,000 harvest after furniture business failed

A convicted cannabis farmer found himself entangled in the illegal trade again after his furniture business faced financial turmoil, leading to a £53,000 harvest of the drug. The individual, Simon King (54), previously imprisoned for growing cannabis.

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During a visit to a workshop on Forest Street in Sutton-in-Ashfield substantial amounts of cash alongside 63 plants within two growing areas were discovered The estimated wholesale value of the plants ranged between £8,190 and £43,470. If sold individually, the street value could have reached between £17,640 and £52,920.

In court, King confessed to the cannabis production charges. His defense lawyer, acknowledged King's previous efforts to steer clear of trouble after his release from prison in 2021. However, financial struggles from his furniture business drove him back into cannabis cultivation, an act he deeply regrets.

Nottingham Crown Court sentenced King to 34 months in prison, with the expectation that he will serve at least half of that term behind bars.


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