Caged 18 months over drugs farm found in home base­ment

Wishaw Press - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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