A man who grew cannabis in a fake room he constructed in his bedroom in Southend has been jailed for 32 months after his sentence was overturned because it was considered to be unduly lenient.
James Brooks, of Victoria Avenue, appeared at Basildon Crown Court in July after pleading guilty to producing and possessing a Class B drug with intent to supply, and possession with intent to supply a Class A drug.
He was arrested in April when officers from the Southend Operation Raptor team raided his flat in Viceroy Court and found herbal cannabis, cocaine and a false room constructed in his bedroom which contained a small cannabis-growing operation.
In the rest of the property officers found scales, deal bags to parcel up drugs for customers, cash, a knuckleduster and a machete.
Brooks was given an 18-month suspended sentence and ordered to carry out 80 hours of unpaid work and a 12-month drug rehabilitation order.
However at a hearing yesterday, September 20, the Court of Appeal quashed the original sentence and Brooks has now been sentenced to 32 months in prison.
An Essex Police Spokesperson said: “The Court of Appeal agreed that the sentence was unduly lenient and quashed the original sentence before subsequently increasing the length of imprisonment.
“Crimes of this type have devastating effects on our local communities and we will continue to work in partnership with the police to ensure offenders are brought to justice.”