Paisley man busted by cops who sniffed out his £40k cannabis farmPosted by On

A man was snared with a £40,000 cannabis cultivation after cops sniffed out his weed.

Matthew Arnold, 32, was busted by plain clothes officers at a flat with two large growing areas set up in bedrooms.

Arnold, formerly of Causeyside Street, Paisley, claimed he was only looking after the plants in exchange for a cheap rental flat.

However, yesterday he pleaded guilty to charges of producing and being concerned in the supply of cannabis, a Class-B drug, when he appeared at a pre-trial hearing at Paisley Sheriff Court.

Prosecutor Keri Marshall said: “Information had been received by police about a possible cannabis cultivation at Craigview Terrace, in Johnstone.

“Police officers in plain clothes attended the locus and noticed the strong smell of cannabis emanating from the locus.

“A search warrant was sought, granted and executed at 10.10pm that evening.

“The accused was found within when officers entered the house. He was taken to Greenock Police Office.

“A systematic search of the property was carried out and officers from the Statement of Opinion (Stop) unit attended.”

Two large growing areas were found in the flat during the raid on October 16 last year.

The first had around 20 plants which “were two to three weeks from completion”.

Ms Marshal added: “These plants were between eight and nine weeks into their growth.

“They were being maintained in a large tent with lights, fans and fertiliser used to fuel their growth.

“Stop officers gave each plant an approximate value of £400.”

The court heard a search of the second growing area in the flat revealed another 53 cannabis plants.

The fiscal added: “These plants were at a different stage and were weeks from the budding stage.

“These were valued at between £200 and £600 each.

“These plants were being maintained behind sheeting fitted across the windows and doors.

“There were lights, fans and fertiliser to fuel their growth.”

The court heard the first crop was valued at approximately £10,500 and the second £31,500.

The prosecutor said: “When the accused was interviewed, he indicated he had met a male in the west end of Glasgow who offered him a room for £50- a-week.

“He admitted having access to all the rooms in the house and he was aware of the cannabis cultivation in an upstairs bedroom.

“Police seized his phone for analysis of any further evidence and discovered two pertinent text messages.

“One said, ‘No ha ha. I just water…

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