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Talk about bad luck. Just as a local reporter from Kent, UK, is delivering a news segment about a suspected Cannabis farm, a youth hilariously walks in between the houses where the alleged illegal farm is housed, wearing said plant in his arms. As he notices the camera, he sprints away as quickly as possible.
Man carrying plant runs on broadcast about a cannabis farm in Kent https://t.co/aexqgQT89F pic.twitter.com/A32zMtJpeW— NewsRoom (@newschannelpk) May 16, 2018
The couple who lived in the cottage, Ms Yvette and Mr Neil Hartley had some 88 cannabis plants growing in their charming little cottage in rural Hoath, Kent.
Local reporter Mr Cameron Tucker was discussing the case live on KMTV with his anchor still in the studio when he was spotted by a young man with a potted plant.
Mr Tucker said: “Well last August it was found that Neil and Yvette Hartley had been growing about 90 cannabis plants. Little did their neighbors know that in this quiet pretty little corner of the Kent countryside, the cottage just over my shoulder has been where they had been growing cannabis.”
Local judge Mr Jonathan Davies didn’t send the couple to jail in the end on account of their young children, stating: “You risked their futures by your conduct because you must have known the consequences of what you were doing.”
“I am not sure if either of you has ever told the truth about this operation, which would have involved daily attention and was done for financial reasons.”
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“I suspect the cannabis oil was just a smokescreen to cover up the nature of it.”
In the end, Mr and Ms Hartley both received a suspended 22-month jail sentence at Canterbury Crown Court and an order to carry out 150 hours of community services.