Skegness man jailed for 18 months for cannabis growing operation

A SKEGNESS man who set up two cannabis growing operations in the town was last week jailed for 18 months at Lincoln Crown Court.

Jason Bloor was arrested in November after police raided two houses and discovered a number of cannabis plants.

Phil Howes, prosecuting, said officers found 16 cannabis plants growing in a tent at a property in Eastview Terrace, Skegness. A further 24 plants were found in George Avenue in the resort. The yield from the two operations was set to produce cannabis worth £1,100.

Bloor, 31, of Queens Road, Skegness, admitted two charges of producing cannabis. The court was told he had a number of drug-related previous convictions.

A second man Karl Devereux, 42, of Mulberry Way, Skegness, admitted aiding and abetting the production of cannabis. He was given a community order with 200 hours of unpaid work.

The court heard that Devereux’s role was to supply the equipment to Bloor for the George Avenue cannabis growing area.

Recorder Timothy Raggatt QC told Bloor “The cultivation of the cannabis was carried out in quite a sophisticated way. You plainly knew what you were doing and you have a substantial history of drug offending. This calls for a custodial sentence.”

Sunil Khanna, for Bloor, said he had been addicted to cannabis for 15 years and got himself heavily into debt with a dealer.

He then got himself involved with a door step lender and was owing more than £5,000 when it was suggested to him that he could clear the drug debt by agreeing to grow cannabis.

Mr Khanna said that since his arrest Bloor had been trying to put his past behind him and had been working in a supermarket as well as undergoing training to improve his chances of getting a better job.

Michael Cranmer-Brown, for Devereux, said he was lesser involved and although he had a past drugs conviction it was from back in 1999.