Fingerprints left by cannabis grower in Sneinton
POLICE used fingerprints to prove a man had been involved in growing cannabis worth more than £6,000.
Ian Crowther, 30, of Sandringham Road, Sneinton, left 23 prints inside the bedroom of a St Ann's home where the drugs were being grown and they were matched with police records.
Thirteen plants were seized inside the property, in Gilpet Avenue, but no one was at home at the time, Nottingham Crown Court heard.
The small bedroom was covered in plastic sheeting, the window was blacked-out, and there were high-powered lamps and plant feed.
The plants had an estimated value of £6,470 if sold on the street or £3,418 wholesale.
Two residents at the address were arrested later and sentenced to community orders.
One of them, who used drugs, said she would have got £200 for allowing the cannabis to be grown in the house.
Crowther's involvement had been to carry equipment into the house and line the room.
At court, he pleaded guilty to producing the drug between October 1, 2011, and November 1, 2011.
He said it was not his cannabis and he was no responsible for putting pressure on the residents who lived there.
He received a six-month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, and 100 hours of unpaid community work.
Crowther had served 54 months of a sentence for drug offences before he was released on licence in 2011.
Judge Jonathan Teare said: "You were still on licence and took a very great risk in what you were doing."