Sensor showed drug factory roof glowing

A GLOWING roof helped uncover a cannabis factory at a Huntingdonshire house after it was picked up on the police helicopter s heat sensor. Officers were then sent to the home of semi-professional kick boxer Marcus Delamare and found more than 100 cannab

A 'GLOWING roof' helped uncover a cannabis factory at a Huntingdonshire house after it was picked up on the police helicopter's heat sensor.

Officers were then sent to the home of semi-professional kick boxer Marcus Delamare and found more than 100 cannabis plants in his attic under a series of heaters, magistrates at Huntingdon were told.

In court on Thursday, magistrates heard how Delamare had been open and honest with police when they attended his home in Burton Way, Spaldwick, on October 5 last year.

Laura Mardell, prosecuting, said Delamare told officers there were plants growing upstairs and there was some cocaine next to his bed.

Officers found liquid to stimulate plant growth in a cupboard under the stairs, as well as a half-smoked joint, and cigarette papers with traces of resin on them.

In addition officers found two bags of herbal cannabis and a bag of cocaine as well as a total of 102 cannabis plants in the property.

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Delamare pleaded guilty to charges of possessing 11.7 grammes of cannabis, the same amount of cocaine, possessing cannabis resin and producing cannabis plants.

Representing Delamare, David Potter said that there was never any intent to supply the drugs and they were solely for personal use.

Mr Potter said that, as a single parent, Delamare was careful not to smoke around his son, who is a talented sportsman with Olympic potential in the world of kickboxing.

"He is not a threat to the local community and no longer smokes cannabis or takes drugs and has seen counsellors," Mr Potter said.

"He moved away from Huntingdon to make a break from his previous lifestyle and decided to grow the cannabis himself so he did not have to mix with drug dealers."

Sentencing was adjourned until February 28 for the production of a pre-sentence report. Magistrates told Delamare they were considering sending him to prison.

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