South Scotland

Man jailed after cannabis crop found in Gretna home

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A man who admitted growing £130,000 worth of cannabis plants in his home has been jailed.

Scott Marshall, 50, also pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of the drug.

At Dumfries Sheriff Court, the Gretna man was sentenced to 14 months imprisonment.

The court hear that when police called at Marshall's home in Loanwath Road, there was a strong smell of cannabis.

They discovered 329 plants in a wardrobe, built-in cupboards and loft areas of the house.

Police also found papers for two bank accounts containing more than £23,000 relating to Marshall and another man.

The court was told that Marshall had been struggling with his finances and turned to growing cannabis but he was selling it to only one person.

Sheriff George Jamieson said that because of the number of plants and the value there was no alternative to a custodial sentence.

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