Dealer run­ning cannabis farm claimed he was pay­ing off debt

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ADEALER found run­ning a cannabis farm in his flat who later claimed to be pay­ing off a debt was jailed for 16 months.

Wil­liam Shep­perd, 36, was caught with £49,000 of cannabis and co­caine in Easter­house.

Shep­perd pleaded guilty at Glas­gow Sher­iff Court yes­ter­day to pro­duc­ing cannabis and sup­ply­ing co­caine.

Sher­iff Joan Kerr said: “You were in­volved in the chain of sup­ply­ing class A and B drugs.

“I have been told that you think there was no di­rect vic­tims of your crime and this was mis­guided.

“It seems to me you were think­ing more about your­self and your fam­ily’s in­come which you put in jeop­ardy as a re­sult of your ac­tions.

“You are no stranger to the courts and have bad fines and com­mu­nity dis­pos­als which have done noth­ing to de­ter your of­fend­ing.

“The only dis­posal ap­pro­pri­ate is a cus­to­dial one.”

The court heard Shep­perd was stopped by of­fi­cers in a car while en route to carry out a war­rant on him.

Prose­cu­tor Lau­ren Staunton said the “smell of cannabis was clear” as the of­fi­cers later en­tered the flat.

A clear box con­tain­ing a white bock as well as drug para­pher­na­lia were re­cov­ered from the kitchen.

Bed­rooms were found to have a tent con­tain­ing cannabis plants, cul­ti­va­tion equip­ment as well as an­other clear box with white blocks in­side.

The drugs, in­clud­ing 54 plants, and £250 from Shep­perd’s wal­let were taken from the flat.

The de­liv­ery driver dad-of-five was ar­rested and con­fessed, when quizzed, to own­ing the drugs.

Miss Staunton added: “He stated the drugs were for his own per­sonal con­sump­tion and de­nied be­ing in­volved in the sup­ply of drugs.”

The to­tal value of the cannabis was £27,000 while the white pow­der, found to be co­caine, to­talled up to £22,000.

Des Zi­olo, de­fend­ing, said: “He was stor­ing the drugs to pay off the debt.”

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