A constantly barking dog alerted police to a cannabis factory in Maple Cross, a court heard today (Friday).
Neighbours in Denham Way raised the alarm and when the police broke in they found that the bedrooms were being used to grow the drug.
Prosecutor Laura Blackband told St Albans Crown Court that nobody was in, but mail was found in the name of Daniel Wells.
15 ‘baby’ cannabis plants were growing in one bedroom, 20 mature plants were in pots in another and a third bedroom showed signs that cannabis had been grown there.
The electricity had been bypassed and £6,000 to £7,000 worth of hydroponic equipment had been installed in the house that was being rented by Wells.
Two days later, on December 4, 2018, Wells’ solicitor called the police and in interviews said he was a cannabis user who was growing the drug himself to save paying dealers.
Wells, 39, of Sherborne Way, Croxley Green, appeared for sentence having leaded guilty to producing cannabis.
Defending, Andel Singh said the prosecution had no evidence that Wells, who works as a carpenter, was selling the cannabis. “It was not a sophisticated operation,” he said.
Judge Michael Kay QC said: “I am enormously sceptical about what was going on. Reluctantly, I have to accept there is no evidence you are a dealer. “
He passed a six month jail sentence suspended for two years. Wells must carry out 200 hours’ unpaid work and abide by a three month curfew between 9pm and 6am. He must also pay £425 costs.