A man who grew a large cannabis plant to look like a Christmas tree will spend the festive season in prison after police found his home-based drug factory. Ian Richards, 46, made the cannabis plant resemble a festive tree by growing it to 5ft tall and decorating it with brightly-coloured baubles. Police found it along with a small number of other cannabis plants when they raided his home in Aylesham, Kent, last December. Investigating officer PC Darren Dennett said: “By using a 5ft tall cannabis plant as a Christmas tree, Richards showed a total disregard for the law.” A judge at Canterbury Crown Court sentenced Richards to 18 months behind bars for drugs.
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