Five Doncaster men sentenced for £122,000 cannabis operation

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Five Doncaster men involved in a £122,000 drug production setup have been sentenced for their part in a cannabis ring.

David Baines, Matthew Emmerson, Gareth Jeeves, David Needham and Ryan Ostle, all aged between 21 and 30, all pleaded guilty to producing cannabis, a class B drug.

Sheffield Crown Court was told police found cannabis plants and drugs at three addresses in Doncaster and the five men had various roles in helping to harvest it.

Police found £70,000 of cannabis, based on its street value, at an address in Regent Street, Balby, and another £10,000 worth in Trafalgar Crescent and £15,100 of plants and £27,000 of drugs in Dixon Crescent, Balby.

Judge Simon Lawler QC, sentencing, told Matthew Emmerson, aged 21, of Essex Avenue, Intake: “You were involved at Dixon Crescent in the cultivation exercise. You must have realised the scale of the operation, albeit only at a particular address

“The aggravating factor is it was eight days before you were dealt with for a breach of community order. You were recently involved in a case of harassment for which you were awaiting sentence.”#

Emmerson was handed six months behind bars.

David Needham, aged 26, of Granville Crescent, Staniforth, was handed 18 months’ jail.

David Baines, aged 30, of Tudor Road, Intake, was handed nine months in prison.

Ryan Ostle, aged 21, of Wellingley Road, Balby, was sentenced to six months in prison suspended for 12 months.

Gareth Jeeves, aged 25, of Ilsmere Avenue, Balby, also got six months’ jail, suspended for 12 months, with 150 hours’ unpaid community work.