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Cannabis plantation discovered by police

By This is Cornwall  |  Posted: September 03, 2009

<P>PC Derek Cormack with the cannabis plants found at The Lizard.  0909KR00101</P>

PC Derek Cormack with the cannabis plants found at The Lizard. 0909KR00101

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MORE than 40 cannabis plants have been found growing in two separate fields on The Lizard.

The plants, which have now been pulled up and are being stored at Helston police station, were between two and five feet tall.

PC Derek Cormac is leading the investigation into the discoveries and said: "We were given information by members of the public which alerted us to the plants being grown. The plants were pulled up and taken back to the station. No arrest have been made yet, but investigations are ongoing.

'Confusion'

"There is often a confusion about the legality of cannabis because of the changing class, but the cultivation of cannabis is illegal."

The first lot of plants was found in a field, which is currently being leased, in the south of The Lizard Peninsula.

PC Cormac said: "There were approximately nine plants in the first field, all of which had grown to two or three feet tall."

The second plantation was in a separate field in the area, although PC Cormac said their is no obvious link between the two incidents.

"The second lot of plants were growing on a bigger scale.

"There were about 33 cannabis plants, and they were a lot bigger than the first lot we found. They were between four and five feet tall.

"The field was very overgrown and was almost like wasteland really.

"The plants were growing in one sunny corner. We received information from the public on both of these matters and investigations are ongoing."

Police were unable to confirm whether the larger of the two hauls was being dealt with on the basis that it was being grown with the intent to supply or for personal use.

The street value of the plants has been estimated at between £2,000 and £3,000.

Police are now asking for anyone with information on either of these cases to come forward.

PC Cormac added: "It is important to stress that we don't feel that this type of thing is rife in The Lizard area, but we do want people to be vigilant so we can stop anything similar happening in the future."

Cannabis has recently been reclassified by the government from a class C to a class B drug, carrying a higher maximum prison sentence for possession.

For cultivation of the drug, the maximum prison sentence could be 14 years, according to the Government's sentencing guidelines website.

PC Cormac said: "The sentence would be dependant on the offender's past history – if any.

"If the case was dealt with at magistrates court, it could see the offender getting anything from a community order, up to six months' imprisonment."

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