Cannabis cultivator counts the cost of breaking the law

Growing cannabis at his home proved “an expensive exercise” for Gavin Cottrell after he was fined £300, and equipment of a similar value was destroyed.

Cottrell, 34, of Weensland Road, admitted producing the illegal drug on February 13.

When police attended at his home at 10.30am on another matter, they noted a strong smell of cannabis.

Two plants and various items of equipment were found in a locked cupboard.

“The potential yield for each plant is £150,” explained procurator fiscal Morag McLintock.

Defence solicitor Rory Bannerman said his client had been using cannabis “on and off, for a couple of years.

“He spent £300 on equipment to grow cannabis for himself and save some money,” said Mr Bannerman.

Sheriff Donald Corke told Cottrell, a self-employed haulier, “This cost you £300 for equipment, which will now be destroyed, and you are also fined £300.

“This has turned out to be an expensive exercise for you.”