Woman grew cannabis in loft as part of a commercial operation

NEWS from Nottingham Magistrates' Court.
NEWS from Nottingham Magistrates' Court.

A woman from Heanor grew cannabis in the loft of her former home at Eastwood as part of a commercial operation, a court heard.

Alison Hardstaff, 37, was rumbled on Thursday, June 11 last year when the police executed a warrant to search her house on Radcliffe Street.

“They found 12 healthy plants and a growth that was well organised, with specialist materials and equipment,” David Miles, prosecuting, told Nottingham Magistrates’ Court.

“Her mobile phone was also examined and text messages were found that made it clear she was growing the cannabis on somebody else’s behalf.

“It was a growth for commercial supply, expected to make a profit of £3,000, of which her share was to be £1,500.”

Hardstaff, who now lives on Holbrook Street, Heanor, was represented in court by Amie Godson, mitigating.

“She wants to address her cannabis use and is set to undergo a drug rehabilitation requirement assessment,” said Miss Godson.

As a result of this, the case was adjourned until Friday, February 5, but in granting Hardstaff unconditional bail, District Judge Leo Pyle warned her: “I make no promises on how you will be dealt with for this matter.”