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Abbey Wood man admits growing more than 90 cannabis plants in field near Maidstone

PUBLISHED: 16:38 02 June 2016 | UPDATED: 16:44 02 June 2016

Sam Harris

Sam Harris

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He was setenced on Wednesday May 25

A man who stole more than £4,000 worth of electricity to grow more than 90 cannabis plants has been jailed.

Sam Harris, 27, pleaded guilty to producing the cannabis plants inside two containers in a field in Hampstead Lane, Nettlestead, near Maidstone.

Officers visited the field after receiving a report of a strong smell of cannabis and a buzzing sound coming from the fields.

Forensic evidence linked Harris’ DNA and fingerprints to items inside the container, he was later arrested by Met Police.

The former Thistlebrook, Abbey Wood resident was sentenced to two years and eight months in prison on May 25.

DC Marc Symonds said: “Seizing the plants when the officers did was a great result.

“If they were not found at that time, I have no doubt the cannabis would have ended up on our streets.

‘Harris’ offending was made all the worse because he had decided to abstract electricity to grow the plants. This created a significant fire risk and could have seriously endangered the lives of people in the nearby vicinity.”


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