Caged 18 months over drugs farm found in home basement
A man caught with thousands of pounds worth of cannabis at his home is beginning a lengthy jail term.
William Brown appeared at Hamilton Sheriff Court last week for sentencing having already pleaded guilty to producing the Class B drug at his home on December 15 last year.
At a previous hearing, Brown’s solicitor, Jim O’Dowd, told the court his client was aware of the seriousness of the situation he found himself in.
And in court last week, Sheriff Alastair MacFadyen told the 44-year-old he would be sent to prison as no sentence would be deemed appropriate due to the gravity of the offence.
Brown was sentenced to a total of 18 months behind bars.
Officers conducted a thorough search of Brown’s home in Kilbreck Lane, Newarthill, last December after members of the public notified them there was a strong smell of cannabis coming from the property.
At the court hearing where Brown admitted his guilt in May, fiscal depute Mohammed Sarwar told the court that after locals had told police, officers went to Brown’s door and knocked on it.
They also detected a strong smell of cannabis and sought to obtain a warrant to search the address.
Police returned to the property a short time later.
Brown answered the door and officers then began to search the end terrace house.
During the search, police discovered a hatch within a cupboard under the stairs.
When officers went down the hatch, which led to a basement they discovered two growing areas.
A total of 56 plants were recovered by police as well as other equipment including lighting and nutrients for feeding the plants.
The estimated value of the plants ranged from £11,200 to £33,600.