Director grew £11,000 drugs at window firm

Craig Salmon
Craig Salmon

A businessman who set up a cannabis farm at his window firm’s industrial unit has been jailed.

Cannabis plants with a street value of up to £11,000 were found growing 3ft high at the Crystal Clear Windows premises in Whittle-le-Woods, where Craig Salmon worked as a company director.

Salmon, 32, from Alice Avenue, Leyland, also had a drugs factory in the loft at his home.

Officers became suspicious after stopping Salmon driving in the town on February 8.

Smelling cannabis on him, they searched his vehicle and found a small amount of the class B drug.

Salmon was arrested and officers set out to search his home and business premises.

Hidden in the loft of his house was a cannabis cutivation set up, with 76 seedlings growing in pots, an extractor fan leading to the chimney and a book entitled ‘Indoor marijuana horticulture: an indoor bible’. But at Salmon’s business premises at Crystal Clear Windows, Whittle-le-Woods, where they found a wooden wall, which had recently been built, with 68 cannabis plants around three feet high, growing behind it.

Experts said the plants at the factory in Hilltop Lane, would yield around 1,360g of cannabis, with a street value of up to £11,655 or between £4,080 and £6,120 wholesale.

It was not possible to estimate the value of the seedlings in the loft at Alice Avenue, as the plants were in the early growing stages and it could not be determined how many would have survived to maturity and whether they were male or female plants.

Preston Crown Court heard Salmon, a third year degree student, who lives with his partner and child at the house in Leyland, had been given the plants and seedlings by a friend, and had agreed to help in the cultivation in exchange for cannabis and cash.

Daniel Prowse, defending, said following his arrest Salmon was “no longer welcome” at the premises at Whittle-le-Woods and had lost his business as a result of his crime.

Salmon pleaded guilty to cultivation of a class B drug and possession of a class B drug with intent to supply.

Judge Michael Byrne jailed him for 14 months.