Weed grower forced to cough up £30,000

Cannabis plants
Cannabis plants

A MAN who was jailed for growing cannabis has been ordered to pay back thousands of pounds.

Ronald Sellick, 59, formerly of Wigan Old Road, Standish, was convicted and jailed for producing cannabis. A total of 69 plants were discovered in a storage container rented by him at the rear of Wigan Old Road, Standish.

He was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment at Liverpool Crown Court on 6 January 2014

A Proceeds of Crime hearing took place today, Thursday, November 20, at Liverpool Crown Court.

The court determined he had benefitted by a total of £31,532.09.

He was ordered to pay this back within three months or else he would serve a further 12 months in prison.

Police Constable Sean Robinson said: “Sellick produced cannabis to line his own pockets while spreading addiction amongst the community.

“He is not only in jail for his crimes, but he now knows that, when he comes out, we have made more than a significant dent in his finances.

“Sellick also knows that, if he fails to pay up in time, he will have to serve an even longer sentence.”