Stressed executive Lee Baverstock grew cannabis in his garage but managed to keep it secret from his wife and children.
He came up with the plan after running up a £100 weekly drug bill to ease the pressure of £35,000-a-year job as an operations director, a court heard.
A friend bypassed the electricity meter and Baverstock illegally used £1,402 power in the garage of his home in Plumptre Way, Eastwood.
And his wife only learnt about it when a police raid ended in her arrest, said Chris Wall, who represented her 39-year-old husband.
“To say she was not happy to be arrested and taken to the Bridewell perhaps would be an understatement.
“His wife gave him an ultimatum – you choose between me or cannabis.
“Mr Baverstock no longer uses cannabis at all and his wife sits at the back of court,” said Mr Wall.
He said Baverstock works as an operations manage for a logistics firm and added: “He had a habit. He was using £100 a week and wanted to save some money.”
A £1,186 fine, £85 prosecution costs and £59 government tax was ordered from Baverstock. He admitted producing cannabis on May 16 last year and abstracting electricity.
He had never been in trouble before and presiding magistrate Michael Dowling told him: “You got someone to bodge the electricity which could have put your family at risk.
“It could have been causing a fire, an electric shock, any amount of things like that.
“I am sure you have considered over the months your actions and the situation. Obviously you got carried away with stupid ideas.”
Neil Hollett, prosecuting, said Western Power Distribution workers had to be called in to make the electricity supply safe again.
Baverstock told police officers he went on the Gumtree internet site and spent £500 on equipment for the growing equipment. He also watched Youtube to learn about it.
With a £100,000 mortgage, he told police officers “money was tight and he decided to grow his own cannabis,” said Mr Hollett.
When police arrived, they found three plants and “cannabis drying out ready to be used,” added Mr Hollett.
The magistrates ordered the destruction of the drugs and growing equipment.
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