Man jailed after cannabis trial

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A man has been jailed for six years for producing and supplying cannabis after a haul worth more than £400,000 was found in a flat in St Leonards.

Brighton Crown Court heard that residents and business owners were stopping their local officers complaining of a strong smell of cannabis somewhere in the vicinity of Silchester Road, St Leonards in February 2013.

PC Eoin Freeman followed his nose to sniff out the offending property. A warrant was obtained from the courts and was executed on 6 February.

Once inside the flat in Slichester Road, officers discovered hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of cannabis plants being dried across two rooms ready for use.

The cannabis was not being grown at the address but the flat was being used to dry it out so it could be sold. The amount seized was 40.59kg with a street value of more than £400,000. Jason Campbell, 43, of Leicester Street, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, who was found in the flat at the time of the raid, was arrested and charged with possession with intent to supply cannabis and producing cannabis.

He pleaded not guilty to both charges but was found guilty following a trial at crown court on Monday (29 September). He was sentenced to six years. Amy Cahalane, 31, of Silchester Road, Campbell’s ex-partner, was also arrested at the time and later charged with permitting the production of cannabis on a premises. She pleaded guilty to the charge on 23 September and will be sentenced on 24 October.