A CANNABIS farmer from Swadlincote has finally been jailed two years after he was found with almost 90 plants, after he went on the run from police and failed to answer his initial bail
Mark Maddocks was found with 87 cultivated cannabis plants when police raided the garage of a house in Wood Lane, Newhall, in October 2011.
The 35-year-old was arrested, charged and finally convicted in January 2012, but failed to answer bail. He was finally rearrested by Derbyshire Police last month.
Maddocks, of Alexandra Road, Swadlincote, was put behind bars for two years for producing cannabis when he appeared at Derby Crown Court on Friday, October 18. He also received sentences for breaching bail and failing to comply with a community order imposed for an earlier offence of cultivating the same drug.
No separate penalty was imposed for a charge of possessing cannabis with the intent to supply and abstracting electricity.
When police executed the search warrant at the Newhall house, they saw electricity cables running from the home into the garage and an outbuilding. As well as the plants, they found an amount of harvested drug.
Maddocks first appeared at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates Court on October 12, 2011, when he was given conditional bail to reappear for a committal hearing at Derby Crown Court two months later. He was convicted of the offences the following month, and was due to appear at the court once again for sentencing, however, he did not answer his conditional bail. He was found and taken in by police in September.
It led to an appeal by police for landlords to be vigilant to illegal activity.