When police searched a man with the skin condition vitiligo and found cannabis, they then searched his home and found a so-called ‘cannabis factory’, cocaine and £12k stashed under his bed.
Jabari Collins, 33, received a five-year sentence this month after police raided in his house in January. After finding cannabis on a man in Birmingham, officers raided the home from which they saw him leave.
21 plants were discovered in an upstairs room – a ‘cannabis factory’ according to UK press. Mr. Collins, it should be noted, was using hydroponic equipment.
29.7 grams of cocaine and more than £11,500 in cash were seized from the property during the search.
Collins, suffering from the skin disorder vitiligo or a loss of pigment in the skin, admitted to cultivating cannabis. He denied possession with intent to supply cocaine, however, and possession of criminal property in the form of the cash – proceeds, authorities assume, from drug dealing.
After a short trial, Mr. Collins was found guilty and sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court December 21 to half-a-decade.
“As soon as officers entered the address there was a strong smell of cannabis and equipment and cultivating equipment was found throughout the property,” Detective Inspector Darren Crutchley, from the Regional Organised Crime Unit, said .“We have all seen the devastating consequences which drugs can have on our communities and we have no doubt this cannabis and cocaine would have been sold on. We are committed to tackling drugs and this case should act as a warning that we will catch those involved and pursue court action.”
Considering recent Australian actions to regulate medical cannabis, the United Kingdom is lagging behind much of the rest of the Commonwealth when it comes to legal cannabis.
A recent Adam Smith Institute report suggested that the War on Cannabis in the UK is failing.
“The Government strategy is based around three main pillars: reducing demand, restricting supply and building recovery. All three are failing,” the report reads, adding that the creation of a taxed and regulated industry is the only way to ensure the black market goes down in flames.
Former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, has spoken out in favor of the report’s findings. “British politicians need to open their eyes to what is happening in the rest of the world,” Clegg said. “Cannabis prohibition is being swept away on a tide of popular opinion and replaced with responsible legal regulation.