An Angus man who was left in constant pain after a major road accident faces jail over a cannabis haul found at his home.
Gordon McIntosh was still in bed when police raided his Forfar address and found 15 bars of cannabis resin as part of a haul worth almost £6,000.
The 40-year-old appeared at Forfar Sheriff Court and tendered a section 76 plea to an indictment alleging the supply of cannabis on January 9 this year.
Depute fiscal Joanne Smith said: “The locus is (in) Nursery Street, Forfar, a one bedroom property
“The accused lives there, alone.
“On the 9th of January officers executed a drug search warrant the accused was found in his bed. The officers found two tubs containing a total of 74.4 grammes of cannabis resin in the kitchen and a set of scales, a bong, and a vacuum packing machine.”
A quantity of herbal cannabis was also found.
In the bedroom, the officers found a bag containing 197g of resin, a tin containing £1,100 in cash and two bags with herbal cannabis.
They found 15 bars of resin, each of 95g, and some further small quantities of herbal cannabis.
Ms Smith said he was detained and taken to Arbroath Police Office and stated that it was all for his “personal use”. The total maximum value of resin was £5,107 and that of the herbal cannabis was £828.
Solicitor Bob Bruce admitted his client had previous convictions, the last being in 2003.
He said: “He has fully complied with all the conditions of bail, and signed a section 76, saving a lot of time and money for the Crown.
“He was in a major car crash in 1992, and lost his kidney, part of his liver and his spleen, and was in a medically induced coma for three months.”
Mr Bruce said his client experienced pain management problems and depression, and would never work again.
“He wears patches that pump medication into his system twice a day, and he suffers from sleep apnoea I understand that’s a potentially fatal condition.
“He was using the cannabis to help him obtain a deeper sleep.
“In relation to the larger amount of cannabis, he was keeping it for somebody the libel only relates to one day.”
Sentence was deferred to September 10 for the preparation of social work reports and bail was continued.
Sheriff Gregor Murray said: “I make it clear to you now despite the gap in offending, your record and the significant value of the drugs mean that a significant custodial sentence is inevitable in my view.
“You will need time to make arrangements about your medication before you disappear into custody.”