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Landlord who tried to blame tenant jailed for cannabis production

A landlord has been jailed for four years for cultivating cannabis.

Sixty-year-old James Sullivan was thought to have been overseeing the cultivation of a huge crop of the Class B drug, worth an estimated £70,000, in one of his properties in the south west.

The crop was discovered by passing police officers, who managed to sniff out the drugs from the street outside.

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One force expert said that odour from the plants was almost ‘eye-watering’, the Plymouth Herald reports.

The defendant denied all knowledge of the drug crop, claiming he couldn’t smell a thing and that he couldn’t even grow a tomato.

During the trial, the landlord attempted to blame one of his tenants, Joe Brown, whom he said rented the basement and a ground floor bedroom.

The court heard that Brown never paid rent and vanished.

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