The actor was caught running a 'sophisticated' drugs operation

Tulisa Contostavlos’s ex-boyfriend Jody Latham has been spared time behind bars after being caught growing cannabis worth £9,000.

The actor, 29 – who dated X Factor judge Tulisa, 24, in October – pleaded guilty in court but was spared prison.

Jody is reported to have cried as the Judge announced his ‘sophisticated’ drug farm could put him in prison.

But the Shameless star was only ordered to perform 100 hours of unpaid work, and his 12 month sentence was suspended for two years.

‘I hope this will deter you from offending and make you give up this drug,’ Judge Beverley Lunt told him after she delivered the verdict.

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