A MAN who ran a cannabis factory containing up to £75,000 worth of plants at his parents’ house was jailed for 16 months at Oxford Crown Court.
Habeeb Marham, of Britannia Wharf, Britannia Road, Banbury, admitted production of Class B drugs and permitting the production of Class B drugs at the house in Middleton Road, Banbury.
When police raided the home on February 9 this year, they found five rooms of 119 plants with an estimated value of £50,000-£75,000.
Marham, who is married with two children, was arrested on March 25 after his fingerprints were found on a dish containing cannabis and his DNA was found on a cigarette at the address.
The 45-year-old’s parents are in Pakistan.
James Lachkovic, defending, said: “Knowing a risk of custody today has been a punishment in itself.
“He saved up money to try to help his wife financially if he goes to prison today.
“We are dealing with an intelligent man, a hard working man.”
Judge Ian Pringle said: “It is clear that this was a commercial operation which you played a significant role in.
“It may have produced a crop worth between £50,000-£75,000 in due course.”