YouTube Video Traps Cannabis Grower

A cannabis grower let police in on his secret hobby after posting home videos of the crop on YouTube, it has emerged.

The 25-year-old was arrested after officers saw footage on the website documenting the stages of growth at his home in Bridgwater, Somerset.

The man made his arrest even easier after using his real name as his “internet handle”.

Police searched the house and seized one large cannabis plant and associated hydroponics equipment used to maximise heat and light conditions.

PC Adrian Peck, of Avon and Somerset police, said: “The male had been videoing the growth of the plant over a number of months and uploading his horticultural endeavours onto the site to document it – providing us with fairly conclusive evidence.

“The cultivation of cannabis is illegal. If you break the law and are foolish enough to then advertise your criminal activities on the internet, it makes it very easy for the Police to catch you.”

Police said the cannabis produced by the single plant could have had a potential street value of up to £500; both the plant and growing equipment will be destroyed.

The man admitted the offence of cultivating cannabis, now a Class B drug, and received an official police warning.
The force said it was not its policy to release the names of people who are warned and confirmed that the videos have been removed from the site.

– Article from The Press Association on February 21, 2009.