Harry Potter Star Charged With Growing Pot

ABC's Ammu Kannampilly reports from London:

Harry Potter star Jamie Waylett has been charged in London with growing ten cannabis plants at home. A Metropolitan police spokeswoman told ABC News that the 19-year-old actor, who plays bully Vincent Crabbe in the Harry Potter films, “is charged with producing a Class B drug, namely ten plants of cannabis.”

She added that Waylett will appear in court on the 16th of this month.

Cops first arrested the young actor in April, when his car was stopped in London, and police reportedly found eight bags of cannabis. They then searched his mother’s home in Camden, north London, where they found the cannabis plants – valued at more than $3000 according to the British newspaper, the Daily Telegraph. The police spokeswoman would not reveal any more details about the case history. Waylett could face up to 14 years behind bars for producing cannabis. Under British law, anyone found guilty of cannabis possession can face up to 5 years in jail.

According to Waylett’s official Web site, his “acting career started in a fairy-tale way. He was 10 years old, sitting in a classroom in Emmanuel Primary School in London, when a casting agent arrived to take pictures for the Harry Potter films.”

After a few auditions, “he was sent in to speak with Chris Columbus. Chris said 'Act sad, act happy, do this, do that,' and then, 'Just give us a nice shout and you’ve got the part.'”

Waylett lists mixing music, “drawing, watching DVDs, Playstation games, painting and riding his bike” among his interests -- unsurprisingly the Web site makes no mention of dabbling in drugs or the recent charges against the actor, who will celebrate his 20th birthday later this month.

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