Police discover cannabis farm in Barrow taxi office

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POLICE executing a drugs search warrant at the address of a taxi firm in Barrow found a room set up for producing cannabis.

Blackburn magistrates heard the owner of the cannabis "farm" returned as police were inspecting a garage which was not connected to the taxi business. And Christopher John McCormick told police he did not know the two men who owned the cannabis, but accepted he had helped them water the 65 plants.

McCormick (51), of Clover Crescent, Burnley, pleaded guilty to producing cannabis. He was committed on bail to Preston Crown Court for sentence.

Mrs Joanne Close (prosecuting) said when police arrived at Ribble Valley Taxis the owner directed them to a sub-let garage rented by McCormick.

"There was a strong smell of cannabis and at the rear of the garage there was a padlocked room," said Mrs Close. "The defendant returned and confirmed he was the owner."

Mrs Close said the crop was growing under heat lamps and the foil lined room was ventilated. She said the total yield from the pants had an estimated street value of 8,390.

In mitigation, McCormick's solicitor said the cannabis was already being grown in the unit when he took over. "When the police executed their warrant he was in the process of moving out and would have had nothing to do with the harvest," she told the court.