Couple who used profits from marijuana farm to help Kenyan village sentenced to 3 years in jail
Category: Odd | Posted on Thu, October, 18th 2012 by THCFinder
It’s a drug lord meets Robin Hood kind of story.
Michael Foster and Susan Cooper were each sentenced to three years in prison after cops discovered a massive marijuana factory at their home in Lincolnshire, England. The couple made more than $600,000 in drug profits over 6 years — money they used for charity, The Guardian reported.
Foster, 62, and Cooper, 63, pleading guilty to charges of producing cannabis and possessing criminal money, but explained how they used the cash to help a Kenyan village they often visited.
“While in Kenya, they bought a computer for a local eye hospital, paid for children to be put through school, and paid for a lifesaving operation on a man’s gangrenous leg,” an attorney for Foster, Gareth Wheetman, said in court this week, according to The Guardian.
Cops busted the couple by accident in 2010, when an officer happened to be chasing a burglar near their home and reportedly caught a whiff of weed.
About $32,000 worth of pot — 159 plants — and another $32,000 in cash was found in the raid.
Officers found 159 marijuana plants when they raided the couple’s farmhouse in 2010.
The operation was described as a “professional and commercial set-up.”
The couple got away with their unusually high electric bill by claiming to run a pottery business with a kiln.
Foster and Cooper were painted in court as a pair of do-gooders who made a bad decision.
“You were growing [marijuana] on a significant scale, jetting off to Kenya on it,” judge Sean Morris said. “I am sure you were doing good things in Kenya with your drug money, whether that was to appease your consciences, I can only speculate.”
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