Jail after cannabis farm raids

Cannabis plants
Cannabis plants

TWO men have each been jailed for two years and three months after police uncovered two cannabis farms.

Andrew Moffat and Derek McGill were jailed in separate cases at Hamilton Sheriff Court last week.

Moffat (43), of Marguerite Gardens, Bothwell, admitted being concerned in the supply of cannabis at a house he was renting in Birdsfield Court, Hamilton, on March 9 last year.

The court heard he was caught after a power company employee noticed a strong smell of cannabis when he called at the house to investigate an issue with the electricity meter.

Eighty cannabis plants were seized with a potential value of between £15,000 and £45,000.

Derek McGill (37), of Greenhill Road, Hareshaw, near Cleland, admitted producing cannabis at his home on April 26 last year.

Emma Anderson, prosecuting, said 51 plants worth up to £26,000 were seized after police were tipped off that McGill was involved in the production of cannabis.

Items such as lights used to encourage plant growth were also found.

Moffat and McGill were given identical sentences by Sheriff Alasdair MacFadyen who said only jail was appropriate.