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Drugs officers found ‘strong smell’ and 47 cannabis plants in Forfar flat

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A police sting found a cannabis farm and drugs with a potential value of £100,000 in an Angus residential area.

Drugs squad officers swooped on Jay Potter’s house after receiving a tip-off that he was cultivating a large-scale cannabis crop in Forfar earlier this year.

And they found 47 plants and heroin after encountering a “strong smell” in the Restenneth Drive flat.

Forfar Sheriff Court heard the haul was worth up to £97,200, with an additional £1,500-worth of diamorphine found in a jacket.

The 22-year-old appeared from custody on indictment, and admitted the production and supply of cannabis between January 11 and March 11 this year, and supplying diamorphine on the latter date.

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.”

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

Unemployed Potter, whose address was given in court papers as HMP Perth, first appeared on petition on March 14.

Potter’s defence agent admitted previous convictions and added: “He’s been in a three-year relationship with Ms Farquharson and they have an 18-month-old child together.

“My friend has confirmed he’s been in custody since the offence and I’m instructed not to seek bail on his behalf, pending reports.”

Sheriff Pino di Emidio deferred sentence on Potter to June 23 for the preparation of criminal justice social work reports.

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