Bexhill man imprisoned for cannabis production

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A Bexhill man has been sent to prison after being found guilty of cannabis production.

Christopher Johnson, 51, of Cooper Drive, Bexhill, was sentenced to 21 months imprisonment at Hove Crown Court on Monday 5 May, after being found guilty of both production of cannabis and of possession of cannabis with intent to supply.

Police executed a search warrant at an address in Herbrand Walk, Bexhill, on 13 August 2012 and found three mature cannabis plants were identified along with a large quantity of fresh herbal cannabis and 467 smaller plants or cuttings. Johnson was arrested at the address.

In addition to his prison sentence, police will be applying to the court on a date yet to be arranged, for a confiscation order under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) requiring Johnson to surrender any money or assets that he may still have access to.

A second defendant, Gary Usher, 39, of Chambers Crescent St Leonards, was found not guilty of cannabis production.

Detective Sergeant Paul Graham said; “This was a fully set up cannabis production site, but information from local people enabled us to close it down and bring Johnson to justice. Action like this helps to keep drugs off our streets and contributes to a better quality of life for the local community.”