Suspended sentence for Stourbridge gambler who allowed his home to be used as a cannabis farm (From Stourbridge News)
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Suspended sentence for Stourbridge gambler who allowed his home to be used as a cannabis farm
2:08pm Tuesday 24th September 2013 in News
A 61-YEAR-OLD gambling addict who was paid £12,000 to allow his Stourbridge home to be used for the production of cannabis has been given a 52 week jail term suspended for two years.
Steven Narang was given the money by a man he met in a casino and a cannabis farm was set up with 341 plants that were capable of producing £100,000 worth of the controlled drug in a year.
Narang though gambled away all the money he was given and when his house in Enville Road was raided by police he later surrendered himself to officers.
Paul Mytton, prosecuting, told Wolverhampton Crown Court that Narang had earlier been on a rehabilitation course to try and resolve his gambling problem.
Narang admitted permitting premises to be used for the production of cannabis and he was further placed on Supervision for two years.
Timothy Talbot-Webb, defending, said Narang had not been aware of the scale of the cannabis growing operation having been told only a small number of plants would be involved over a short period of time.
But the plants took over his property, Mr Talbot-Webb said, and Narang was full of remorse and deeply ashamed of his actions.
He told the court Narang, who had had a gambling problem for over 30 years, was still keen to put his life back on track.