Jail for Forfar cannabis farmer

Brass Scales of Justice on a desk showing Depth-of-field books behind in the background
Brass Scales of Justice on a desk showing Depth-of-field books behind in the background

A man who was caught running a £100,000 cannabis farm in his flat has been jailed for two years and eight months.

Jay Potter’s home in a quiet residential area of Forfar was raided by Police Scotland after a tip-off that there was a “strong smell” of the drug coming from the property.

Drugs squad officers found 47 plants growing in the flat, in Restenneth Drive, as well as a bag containing £1500 worth of heroin.

Forfar Sheriff Court heard the haul at the unemployed father-of-one’s home was worth up to £97,200 on the streets.

Fiscal depute Alan Kempton said: “Police received intelligence that drugs were being supplied from the locus, the address of accused Potter.

“Police attended and executed a search warrant, the accused was found within along with his former co-accused.

“There was a strong smell of cannabis within, and officers found 47 cannabis plants in total.

“If they all reached maturity and were harvested, the potential illicit value would have been between £32,400 and £97,200.

“This was based on a projected yield of between one and three ounces per bud, with each ounce priced at £180.

“Also during the search, a jacket was recovered hanging up, and diamorphine was found within, weighing 14.32 grammes with an approximate street value of £1,430.

“The opinion of drugs unit officers was that the crop was about six to eight weeks old.

“When interviewed, accused Potter did not make any significant admissions.”

Appearing from custody Potter, 22, a prisoner at HMP Perth, pleaded guilty on indictment to producing and supplying cannabis between January 11 and March 11 this year, and supplying diamorphine on the latter date.

Not guilty pleas entered on behalf of a co-accused, Potter’s partner Koreen Farquharson, were accepted by the Crown.

Sheriff Pino di Emidio jailed Potter for a total of 32 months and described the crime as a “significant offence”.