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Ulverston dad and son who grew drug in home avoid jail sentence

A FATHER and son who grew cannabis in their home have avoided jail.

Paul Daniel Craven and his son Daniel Orsini appeared at Furness Magistrates’ Court yesterday for sentencing.

Craven, 47, and Orsini, 21, had previously admitted charges of producing a class B drug after police searched their home in Larch Grove, Ulverston, on January 17. Orsini also admitted supplying the drug.

Prosecuting, Miss Judith Knott said police had been called to the house after a disturbance.

She said: “They were invited in by the two men, but became suspicious of the way they were behaving. They didn’t turn on any of the interior lighting.”

After searching the house, police found drug paraphernalia littered throughout the property, several cannabis plants that had been stripped and growing equipment.

At the previous hearing, the court heard Orsini and Craven said the drugs had been stolen by a gang and the father had allowed his son to grow the drugs after he was robbed at knifepoint while buying cannabis.

Miss Knott said Orsini had admitted in a police interview to selling the drugs to his friends.

She said: “He had been growing the drugs mainly on his own but with some assistance from his father.

“He had admitted he had sometimes passed on or sold a couple of packets to his friends.”

Defending, Mr Graham Jackson said he had no comment to make on the pre-sentence report, but passed on two letters to the magistrates.

Orsini was given a six-month community order, with six months of supervision and the requirement to attend a drug rehabilitation course. He was also ordered to do 100 hours of unpaid work and pay £85 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.

Craven, jailed in 2007 for cannabis production, was given a 12-month community order with a requirement for six months supervision, a six month drug rehabilitation course and 200 hours of unpaid work. He was ordered to pay £85 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.

Have your say

Be tough on drugs - from the comfort of your settee with coffee and cake...

Drugs are for sale locally – you might not think so but this is a reality. Protect your young and innocent family - because one day soon they will be pressured into cannabis or cocaine by their ‘mates’. If they weaken and accept they will soon begin the rapid decline into behavioural problems and lose all motivation - for several years at least.

It’s easy and anonymous to report drug related activity to Crimestoppers – a great number of people in Cumbria do this every month and has led to many arrests. On the Crimestoppers website go to the ‘giving information anonymously’ page. Or phone Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

We have great power as a neighbourhood – we can provide the police with the intelligence they need.

Posted by Mr Brown on 18 February 2013 at 16:23

Cannabis is a strong modern drug - its negative affects are felt by the young who start without realising what they are getting into - and then by parents who have to wait till their son or daughter develops a life which is nightmarish enough to make them stop. the last person that posted is completely miss informed. adicts begin to lose interest in anything but the next joint and become angry, threatening and abusive when on a downer - which is not long if they have started to smoke cannabis every day. arresting the dealers is the best thing the police can do for adicts and families.

Posted by warondrugs on 18 February 2013 at 14:05

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