March 24 2012

– A Metropolitan Police officer is facing jail after pleading guilty to growing cannabis.

PC David Price, 29, was captured on undercover video footage hanging cannabis plants out to dry.

Officers raided his house and found equipment capable of producing 18 cannabis plants at a time, with a street value of around £18,000.

Other video clips show the father-of-four openly talking about marijuana while his children play in the background.

Yesterday PC Price – who helped tackle London’s street riots last summer – pleaded guilty to cultivation of cannabis at Bath Magistrates’ Court in Somerset.

His girlfriend Emily Bayliss, 26, admitted being concerned with production of the Class B drug at the home they share in Keynsham near Bristol.

The offences carry a maximum term of three years in jail and sentencing was adjourned to the crown court.

Price, who is based at Westminster Police Station, was suspended following his arrest after a police raid at the terraced house on Charlton Road, Keynsham, last August.

He had been filmed by a neighbour hanging plants out to dry and talking about the drug.

Officers found cannabis sweepings under the loft hatch and hydrophonic lights and growing equipment suitable for production of 18 marijuana plants.

Involved: His girlfriend Emily Bayliss, 26, admitted being concerned with production of the Class B drug at the home they share

Involved: His girlfriend Emily Bayliss, 26, admitted being concerned with production of the Class B drug at the home they share

Price initially denied any knowledge of the drugs factory in his loft until the footage came to light.

Michael Collins, prosecuting, said: ‘It then came to light as a result of covert footage that there was a great deal of involvement from Mr Price in the growing he has initially denied any knowledge of.

‘Mr Price admitted he had significant involvement in the production of the cannabis once that evidence came to light.’

The court heard that Price would regularly stop and search suspected drug dealers in his role at the Met.

Bayliss’ solicitor Ian Lewis asked for the court’s leniency as she was of previous good character.

Robin Acton, chair of the bench, said: ‘These matters are beyond our powers of sentencing.

‘They are of such serious nature we are sending you for sentencing at crown court.’

The couple were bailed for sentencing at Bristol Crown Court on April 13.

They were arrested by detectives from the Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards Anti Corruption Command.

– Matt Blake


About Jumpin' Jack Cash

Deep connections are the most important aspect of my existence. I don’t care if people don’t know what they want. I love books. I’m cynical of love stories, although I’m romantic. I adore gardens. I like women who challenge me. I love the rain as an excuse to stay inside and dream. I'm furiously impatient. If I ask you a question best to tell me the truth as I'm likely to already know the answer. I'm a carnivore. I continuously underestimate the magic of fresh flowers in my home. I love warm rain in the summer. My mood elevates to epic proportions when the sun shines. Tell me not to do something and I'll do it twice and take photos. Running is my antidepressant. I loathe lies. I rarely forgive a lie. Loyalty and honesty are my most noble virtues, and I value them more than anything in other people. I love to love, and am able to fall in love very quickly, although it's only ever happened once. I understood myself and fixed myself only after destroying myself. My greatest excitement comes from deliberately getting lost in foreign cities. I can be extremely loud and frighteningly silent. I hate insinuations. I love storms. Justice for all. I'm a proud man, but welcome the influence of the feminine soul. I have two sisters. I’m a dreamer. I’m a deep thinker. Don’t deal with guilt trips or drama that well. I'm extremely stubborn and persistent. I'm brilliant at keeping secrets. I love driving. I become absolutely and completely lost while watching a burning fire. When the toast pops from the toaster I’m never ready and shit myself. I play the guitar, but require much improvement. Solitude and warmth of the sun are perfect together. I’ve been married once and now divorced. I’m a music junkie. Chocolate mousse is the shit. I curse too much. I find it difficult to make friends. I spent four years as a firefighter. I’ve run my own company since 1991. Bright lights, big cities. I’ve been an executive producer of a feature film. Some people don’t care, and that’s the biggest let-down of the human race. There are cures and solutions for many evils, but no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings. The sound of the Italian language being spoken is as good as my favourite music. I hate corrupt cops. I relentlessly and passionately pursue anybody and anything that sets my soul on fire. I'm a dog lover, and all my dogs are considered family members. I have an obsession with photography. I have some close friends who are household names, but shall always remain anonymous. I’m crazy but not lazy. Losing a soulmate has hurt me badly. My two young sons are the nucleus of my universe. I love airports. I love freedom. If you are dishonest or disloyal, I can erase you from my life and memory immediately and permanently. I yearn to explore, dream about and discover as many friendships, deep connections and places, one possibly can in a lifetime.
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