Officer uncovered £50,000 worth of cannabis after following smell to terraced house in Northampton

Northampton Crown Court NNL-140423-093950001
Northampton Crown Court NNL-140423-093950001

A police officer uncovered a cannabis factory in a house in Northampton after he smelt the drug from the street outside the property, a court heard.

Sam Smith, Chander Sondhi and Bimal Vaid, were all arrested on September 30, 2013, after a police officer looked through the letterbox of a house in Wycliffe Road, Abington, and saw them dressed in “all-in-one white protective suits”.

After enterting the property, police officers found dozens of cannabis plants in the basement and two bedrooms of the property.

Ayesha Bell-Paris, prosecuting, said the estimated street value of the plants in the house was £58,530.

All three men were charged with producing a class B drug. Vaid, aged 39, of Shearwater Lane, Wellingborough, was also charged with possession of a Class A drug, namely a wrap of heroin worth £75.

His Honour Judge Timothy Smith sentenced Smith, aged 36, of Hardwicke Avenue, Hounslow, to 10 months in prison, suspended for a year.

Sondhi, aged 40, of Countess Close, St Neots, and Vaid were both given conditional discharges as they have both served the equivilant of a 14-month and a 16-month prison sentence, respectively, due to the fact they have been subject to a curfew order for the past eight months.