Belfast cannabis factory man given jail term
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.