12/24/2011 08:45 am ET Updated Dec 24, 2011

Drug Grower Decorated Cannabis Plant As Christmas Tree

A cannabis grower who decided to decorate a 5ft pot plant as his Christmas tree, will now be spending Christmas behind bars.

Kent Police say they discovered the cannabis tree after raiding the house of 46-year-old Ian Richards in Aylesham, near Canterbury.

There, in addition to a hydroponic cannabis factory in his bedroom, they found the fully-grown festive cannabis plant -- complete with red and green baubles.

While Richards claimed the plants were for his own personal use, it was decided his factory had the potential to produce a large quantity of cannabis.

As such he was recently jailed for 18 months after appearing at Canterbury Crown Court.

Investigating officer PC Darren Dennett said: "By using a 5ft tall cannabis plant as a Christmas tree Richards showed a total disregard for the law.

"One of the bedrooms at his home had been transformed into a very sophisticated cannabis factory. He is now spending his Christmas in prison."