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When police raided the home of a chef, they discovered cakes and cookies unlikely to be served up on the Great British Bake Off.
Those who tucked into Edward Wyatt's creations were in for a high tea with a different meaning as they were laced with illegal cannabis oil, a court heard.
A search of the 28-year-old's flat at Tudor Court in Tunbridge Wells revealed a large amount of "chemistry equipment" used to produce the oil.
But having spent 39 days in custody, he escaped further imprisonment after a judge heard he had given up using the drug, had a job working in his father's cafes and expressed "sincere remorse and regret".
Prosecutor John Fitzgerald said during the raid on August 26 last year 45 grammes of herbal cannabis and £725 were seized and the flat was littered with canisters of butane gas, dishes, pots and tubes.
Mr Fitzgerald gave a description of how the oil was made using a test tube and a filter.
"The oil is very valuable," he told Maidstone Crown Court. "A large amount of herbal cannabis is needed to make a small amount of oil.
"There were cakes and cookies full of the stuff. The police found six bottles with oil in them. There were 107 millilitres which would have required 107 milligrams of cannabis."
Wyatt used a Facebook site called Tunbridge Wells Cannabis Club, where people learnt about the drug and its "medicinal values".
Mr Fitzgerald said Wyatt's phone contained 375 messages that were relevant to drugs supply.
"If you decide you will continue to cook these cannabis cakes, you will go to prison" - Judge Philip Statman, to Wyatt
Sentencing him to six months imprisonment suspended for two years with 16 hours unpaid work, Judge Philip Statman said Wyatt had not just taken enthusiastically to the drug, he had engaged with others in a cannabis club.
"You freely began to smoke cannabis and bake for friends cookies and cakes at parties," he said. "I am now told your whole attitude has changed towards cannabis.
"The oil, I am told, is a tasteless ingredient which would be used by you in the course of baking cakes, no doubt to ensure the effect of digesting them would produce a better effect inside those consuming it."
He told Wyatt, who in December 2013 was given a community order for producing the drug: "Only time is going to tell whether you have given up cannabis once and for all.
"If you decide you are going to smoke even a joint you will be fast-tracked back before me, and bring your toothbrush, because you will be back to Elmley (Prison).
"If you decide you will continue to cook these cannabis cakes, you will go to prison."
Aisha Khan, defending, said Wyatt, who admitted producing the drug and possessing it with intent to supply, had been a user since the age of 16.
"He described himself to a probation officer as being a cannabis enthusiast," she said. "That is evidenced by posts and pictures on his Facebook page. They show him and friends taking cannabis."
Miss Khan said it was not accepted Wyatt was supplying the drug on a large scale.
"He would bake cakes and cookies and have friends round," she continued. "He simply provided it to friends in his premises."
Wyatt, she said, had stopped using cannabis and no longer went on the cannabis Facebook site.
The court heard Wyatt had also breached a sexual offences prevention order, imposed for indecency, by going to Spain without permission to meet his Russian girlfriend.
The judge imposed 40 hours unpaid work, to added to 120 hours for the drug offences.
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