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A British couple in their sixties have been jailed for
growing marijuana in their back garden. Michael Foster, 62, and Susan Cooper,
63, from Little Sutton in Lincolnshire had been growing the illicit plant on
their property for six years undetected by the local police. In fact, the only
reason for their arrest was that an officer happened to be chasing a burglar
nearby and detected the familiar smell of cannabis.
The couple, who made about $650,000 from selling the drug,
dedicated large amounts of their profit to supporting a poor Kenyan village.
They paid for the life-saving surgery of a young man who needed his leg
amputated, they bought computers for an eye hospital in the village and they
helped support children at a local school. The case was described by the
Lincoln Crown Court as “the most unusual cannabis growing case of this type”, as the Guardian reported.

The police raid on the couple’s home in June 2010
uncovered 159 cannabis plants worth more than $30,000. Two of the buildings on
the site were being used as growing and drying rooms. The police officers also
discovered a note from a man named ‘Jess’ which led to further investigation of
a second property in Norfolk.
Prosecutor for the case, Jon Dee, explained to the court
that the couple “were both in their 60s and were of previous good character,” reported
the Guardian. However, that shouldn’t excuse their behavior. “For six
years they produced cannabis in significant quantities. This was a professional
and commercial set-up,” Dee said. He then addressed the couple on their
marijuana production:
“You were growing it on a significant scale, jetting off to
Kenya on it. I am sure you were doing good things in Kenya with your
drugs money, whether that was to appease your consciences, I can only
speculate.”
IBI Times reports that Susan Cooper’s lawyer,
Chris Milligan, appealed to the court, noting that his client was “a good
person who has done a bad thing.”Gareth Wheetman, Foster’s court
representative, emphasized that the couple did not spend the profits of their
sales on a lavish lifestyle, writes the Telegraph.
Foster and Cooper have admitted to four charges of producing
marijuana and one offence of possessing criminal money. They each received a
jail sentence of three years.
Source: TIME

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