May 6 2011 by Stephen Robertson, Stirling Observer Friday
A FALLIN man found growing 24 cannabis plants has been jailed for nine-months.
Scott Laird (39) was caught after police received a tip-off and obtained a warrant to search his property on May 17 last year.
Stirling Sheriff Court heard on Wednesday that the officers uncovered 10 plants in Laird’s home and a further 14 secreted away in a container behind a false wall in his garden shed.
Fiscal depute Sonia Kalkat said that police carrying out the search discovered the first 10 plants growing under high powered lighting. An air pump and extractor unit was also found.
Ms Kalkat added that on searching the garden shed, police found equipment blowing air towards the back of the hut.
There was a false wall and behind that a trap door that led to what appeared to be a container built into a hill at the rear.
Police discovered the further 14 plants there, along with more lighting and extractor units and air pumps.
After further investigations took place, it was found that the 24 plants would have had a value of £3360 if the plants had come to fruition.
Laird later pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supplying of cannabis – a class B drug – between February 17 and May 17, 2010.
His solicitor told the court that Laird had become involved in “social supply” of the drug rather than it being “a commercial cultivation”.
He added that Laird had embarked on growing cannabis to obtain it for both himself and friends. The court was told, however, that Laird no longer uses the drug.
Jailing Laird for nine months, Sheriff William Gilchrist told him: “You have pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of cannabis.
“The courts have made it clear that being concerned in the supply of drugs would normally attract a custodial sentence.
“This may have been only supplying to friends but it was a fairly sophisticated operation.”
Laird, of Farm Road, Fallin, was told that he would have been jailed for 12 months had he not pleaded guilty.