A WELL-OFF car salesman who quit his job and used his savings to set up a ‘sophisticated and successful’ cannabis farm has avoided immediate jail after claiming he was ‘anti-drugs’.
Police raided the Bettws home of Terry Pearce in May this year and found nearly 1.5 kilograms of cannabis and 76 plants growing in his locked garages.
Pearce, of Leach Road, had quit his well-paying job as a car salesman and spent £2,500 of his savings on cannabis production equipment to grow cannabis worth up to £7,500, the court heard.
Today Pearce, 53, was given a 20 month prison sentence which was suspended for two years. He had pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis with intent to supply and production of cannabis at Newport magistrates court on October 14.
Police first searched Pearce’s cottage home on May 20 this year after reports he was growing the illegal drug.
A total of 76 plants were discovered. They were at different stages of growth with 33 small plants, 31 medium and 12 large.
In another room officers found 1,457 grams of cultivated cannabis which was waiting to be sold with a value of up to £7,500.
Today, Cardiff Crown Court heard how Pearce was yet to sell any of his cannabis but was not planning to sell it ‘willy nilly on the street’.
His plan was to sell it to his friends who use it for medicinal purposes.
Hilary Roberts, defending, said Pearce did not use the drug himself. He said: “This is a man who’s never been involved in drugs all his life. He describes himself as being anti-drugs.
“He knows friends who use cannabis as medicine. He was intending to produce this cannabis to sell to them. But he didn’t get round to it, he couldn’t quite face up to doing it.
“He looks back on this period with some self wonderment as to what was going on.
“He chose to resign from a job and chose to embark on this enterprise. It is an inexplicable blip which is out of character.
“There must have been something unusual about this defendant’s state of mind for him to behave in what seems to be a remarkable manner to give up a well paid job.”
The judge, Recorder Christopher Felstead sentenced Pearce to a total of 20 weeks in prison suspended for two years and 200 hours of unpaid work.