A £25,000 cannabis farm was found in the £1million family home of sick acid attacker Arthur Collins.
Cops raided the Hertfordshire property in the wake of the horrific nightclub attack which left 16 people with burns and three temporarily blinded.
The £25,000 cannabis farm was found in the family home of twisted TOWIE acid attacker Arthur Collins after he fled from justice for the acid a attack[/caption]
Arthur Collins Snr appeared is seen entering court this week facing drugs and weapons charges at St Albans Crown Court[/caption]
After the attack he fled from justice.
As a result police stormed his mum and dad’s home where they found the cannabis factory.
Officers charged his father, also called Arthur Collins, for allowing a cannabis farm to be grown at the property, in Broxbourne.
Arthur Collins received a 20-year jail sentence after carrying out an acid attack in a packed nightclub[/caption]
And now new pictures of the factory have emerged after the scaffolder, 55, dodged jail after admitting “turning a blind eye” to the farm.
St Albans Crown Court heard Collins Snr’s son-in-law, who was not named, was growing the drugs from a locked out-building.
He claimed he was unaware of the scale of the operation – which spread across a large garage.
Hydroponics, fans and abstracted electricity were used to grow 30 cannabis plants with an estimated street value of between £9,000 and £25,000.
Police are seen raiding the house in April last year in Hertfordshire[/caption]
The drugs had an estimated street value of between £9,000 and £25,000[/caption]
Collins sat in the dock with his son Thomas, 22, who admitted possessing a stun gun, CS gas and £200 worth of cannabis – which was also uncovered in the search.
Judge Michael Kay QC hit the 55-year-old scaffolder with a 12 month community order.
He will have to wear an electronic tag for four months.
The judge said: “It seems to be the position accepted by the crown that the factory was being operated by your son-in-law.
“For reasons that I don’t really know or understand he is not before the court, you are before the court for permitting the production of cannabis out of this property.
Ferne McCann has been taking her baby to visit her acid attacker ex Arthur Collins in prison[/caption]
“Your plea is on the basis that you turned a blind eye to the production of cannabis by your son-in-law having no knowledge of the scale – assuming he was growing a small amount of cannabis for personal use.
“The only person who had access to that room where the cannabis was found was your son-in-law and son.
“This was not an insignificant operation.
“There being fans there, there must have been a distinct smell, it is said it is a large property and you can’t tell there is a smell unless you are in the garage. I’m highly sceptical to all of that, but I honour what is in the basis of plea.”
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During an earlier hearing Collins Snr’s younger son Thomas pleaded guilty to possessing a CS gas canister an electric stun gun and cannabis.
Thomas was given a suspended sentence after Judge Kay heard the scaffolder, who works with his dad, bought the weapons on holiday when he was “immature” and the cannabis was for “personal use”.
He was hit with a six month prison sentence which was suspended for 18 months at the same hearing on Wednesday.