A 'chronic' cannabis user was caught growing plants at his home – WalesOnline

A “chronic” cannabis user from the Gwendraeth Valley was caught growing several plants at his home after police paid a visit.

Appearing at Llanelli Magistrates’ Court , James Douglas Murray pleaded guilty to producing 13 cannabis plants.

The court heard on May 21, police executed a warrant at the 48-year-old’s farmhouse home in Llangyndeyrn, and discovered a number of plants.

They were described to magistrates as five ‘fairly young’ plants, six fairly advanced and another on the verge of being cropped.

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Inquiries were made to whether the Murray was intending to sell the plants, but officers accepted he was a heavy user and was growing them for his own use.

He has a number of convictions on his record – including three for cannabis with the most recent being in 2014.

Probation officer Tim Jenkins said: “I have spent some time with Mr Murray and he tells me he knew his actions were illegal.

“He has admitted the plants were his and he was growing them for his own use.

“He is a chronic user of cannabis and has a long history of general drug use.

“He has suffered some psychosis resulting in him being sectioned under the mental health act twice.

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“His problems were due to heavy misuse of drugs at the time and he has since been diagnosed with a personality disorder.

“He trusts very few people and for that reason he tries to keep himself to himself and live in an isolated location.”

His solicitor, David Williams added: “He is very much on the radar of the police now and there will be another visit by them and that’s a further motivating factor for him to deal with the problems.”

Murray was given a 12 week prison

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