A BLACON man caught growing his own cannabis plants for personal use has been handed a 18-month conditional discharge.
Nigel Dean, 33, of Stamford Road, was also found to be in possession of the class B drug when police executed a warrant at his house on April 22.
He pleaded guilty to the two offences at Chester Magistrates Court yesterday (Wednesday) and was ordered to pay £85 costs.
Dean told officers that he had two cannabis plants upstairs and an ounce of the drug in his kitchen as soon as they arrived to search his property.
The plants, which were about 20cm tall, were in a wardrobe inside a structure containing lighting.
Prosecuting Sue Gibson said: “He said he had grown them for personal use.”
Defending James Bagby said: “It was a very small cultivation for personal use. He was not using a sophisticated growing system.”