Smell led cops to an £84k cannabis farm

HAMILTON SHERIFF COURT
HAMILTON SHERIFF COURT
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A man has admitted running a cannabis farm after plants worth up to £84,000 were discovered in his flat.

Ryan Malone had been detained by police who found bags of herbal cannabis and soil in a car, Hamilton Sheriff Court heard today.

Malone (36) admitted being concerned in the supply of cannabis and producing the drug at his home in Main Street, Uddingston, between June and September last year.

William Mortimer (39), of Carmyle, Glasgow, had his not guilty plea to the charge of being concerned in the supply of cannabis accepted.

Imran Bashir, prosecuting, said police officers stopped a car being driven by Mortimer in the early hours of September 5. Malone was in the passenger seat.

The officers detected a ‘strong’ smell of cannabis. They found four bin bags of a herbal material and nine sacks of soil.

Mr Bashir said Malone’s flat was searched and 141 cannabis plants were seized. Most of these were in a specially designed tent in the kitchen.

Drugs squad officers estimated the value of the plants at between £28,200 and £84,600. The yield would depend on various factors including how good a harvest there would be.

Mr Bashir said the value of the cannabis found in the car is not yet known.

Sheriff Alasdair MacFadyen called for background reports and deferred sentence until September 15. Malone, who has two convictions for possession of cannabis, had his bail continued.