Gravesend cannabis farmer told to pay £15,000

A man who operated a cannabis farm in Gravesend has been told to pay more than £15,000 of his illicit earnings.

Ian McLaren, 44, was found dressed in a forensic suit and wearing latex gloves when Kent Police searched a house in Cimba Wood in April, finding cannabis plants throughout.

McLaren, from Cambridge Street, Pimlico, was jailed for 34 months.

He appeared at Maidstone Crown Court earlier where he was told pay £15,220 under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA).

Kent Police said if he failed to pay within six months, his sentence would be extended by another 10 months.

Financial investigator Sam Holpin, from the Kent and Essex serious crime directorate, said: "The lounge of the house had a tent with fans and lighting, and yet more cannabis plants.

"The upstairs of the house had three rooms - two of them fitted with tents, lighting and fans along with empty pots.

"In total 115 cannabis plants and £4,885 were recovered from this property, and others in London and Gravesend."

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