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Man jailed for £37,000 cannabis cultivation

Dundee Sheriff Court
Image caption Dundee Sheriff Court was told 69 cannabis plants were found in Matthew Hart's flat

A man caught with a £37,000 cannabis cultivation after neighbours complained of "strange comings and goings" has been jailed for 10 months.

Dundee Sheriff Court was told Matthew Hart's landlord let himself in to the 29-year-old's flat and immediately smelled the drug.

Police found 69 cannabis plants with a maximum value of £37,420.

Hart admitted producing the drug at his home in Dundee between 10 May and 14 June last year.

Depute fiscal Vicki Bell told the court: "The landlord had received complaints of strange comings and goings and became concerned about the property.

"On entering, it was clear the property was still occupied but there was no trace of the accused.

"There was a strong smell of cannabis coming from upstairs, so he checked and found three tents full of plants in the three bedrooms."

Defence solicitor Paul Parker Smith said: "He knows that he potentially faces a lengthy custodial sentence.

"He knows he has a problem with the consumption of cannabis and he is trying to sort himself out."

Sheriff Alastair Carmichael told Hart: "I'm faced with a situation where you have pled guilty to cultivating 69 cannabis plants.

"There's no option but a custodial sentence."

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