03:44AM, Wednesday 04 April 2012
A couple who grew cannabis plants in front of their three-year-old daughter in two sophisticated factories at their homes have been sentenced.
David Healy and Julia Bruzas, both of Waylands, Wraysbury, appeared for sentencing at Reading Crown Court on Monday. (April 2)
Police said they found 22 cannabis plants growing inside a one bedroom flat in Bridgeman Drive, Windsor, on June 8, which were covered in 24 of Healy's fingerprints.
Then on June 15 officers attended his home address to arrest him and discovered 25 plants in a factory in the bedroom and a further 23 plants in the back garden.
The force also found nine deal sized bags of cannabis on the downstairs table, before arresting the couple.
Healy pleaded guilty to two charges of producing cannabis and one count of possessing cannabis at the same court in December. Bruzas admitted permitting the production of cannabis.
Healy was jailed for three years for the offence at the Windsor property and was given a three-year sentence to run concurrently for the Wraysbury cultivation operation.
Bruzas was sentenced to a community order of 150 hours unpaid work, which she has to do over the next year.
Det Con Iain Watkinson, who led the investigation, said: "This was a fairly sophisticated cannabis production operation, made worse by the fact that their three-year-old daughter was living with them at the Wraysbury property.
"I hope that the sentence handed to Healy acts as a deterrent to other tempted to become involved in this illegal activity."
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