Belfast Telegraph

Belfast cannabis factory man given jail term

By Alan Erwin

A Belfast man who set up a cannabis-growing factory in his own home has been jailed for three months.

Thomas John Nugent had eight plants worth £4,000 and other cultivation equipment in a bedroom at his Balkan Street address.

Belfast Magistrates Court was told a mobile phone seized in the raid contained texts indicating he was supplying drugs to associates.

Nugent (33) was convicted of possessing class B drugs with intent to supply, along with cultivating and supplying cannabis.

Police carried out a search of his home on January 6 this year.

A prosecution lawyer said officers discovered a small cannabis factory with eight plants under lights, each valued at £500.

Nugent initially accepted growing the drugs but denied supplying them.

Jailing Nugent for a total of three months, District Judge Fiona Bagnall granted him bail for an appeal.

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