Grandmother jailed over cannabis
A grandmother has been jailed for two years for growing large amounts of "skunk" cannabis at her house using equipment she claimed was for cultivating strawberries indoors.
Lynda Seager, 63, was caught when officers arrived at the six-bedroom house in Torquay, Devon, which was divided into three flats, the day after her ex-husband Glenn was raided at his home in Sussex.
Seager, who arrived at Exeter Crown Court walking on two sticks, initially admitted growing drugs for sale but then claimed police forced a confession out of her. She later admitted growing the drug for personal use but denied supplying. At her trial in September she was found guilty of supplying cannabis and possession with intent to supply.
Police found 197 cannabis plants and hydroponic indoor growing equipment. Police believe she grew skunk with a street value of £345,000 over four years.
Mrs Seager's daughter and son - who acts as her carer - wept in the public gallery as the sentence was passed.
Judge Erik Salomonsen said police intelligence suggested Seager was assisting her ex-husband, who is serving a three-year sentence himself for possession with intent to supply drugs, at the house in Thurlow Road, Torquay.
Despite evidence she had once grown strawberries and other fruits at the house, she had been in the process of dismantling hydroponics when police raided the building in December 2007.
An action, he said, which suggested she knew police were on their way and was trying to conceal evidence of drug growing.
"It seems to me clear that a reasonable finding would be that your husband was operating from his Sussex base and for a number of years you grew cannabis in your house and supplied it to him in Sussex for onward supply," he said.
She was sentenced to 18 months for possession of cannabis and two years for both possession with intent to supply and supply of cannabis, all to be served concurrently.