Cops hot on the scent of cannabis

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Police in Campbeltown followed their nose and found a dealer with cannabis valued at £2,000 and in excess of £6,000 cash in his flat.

The officers on patrol on the evening of May 24 last year ‘came across a strong smell of cannabis coming from a block of flats as they walked past’, procurator fiscal depute James Dunbar told the town’s sheriff court last week.

This led them to the common close area where the smell was even stronger and they knocked at the door of Flat B, 1 Big Kiln Street, home of Paul Smith.

Officers then applied for a search warrant and found the cannabis; 253g and another 20g.

Smith, aged 51, admitted being concerned in the supply of the class B drug to another or others.

‘As well as the herbal cannabis they found a collection of snap bags, a set of scales and other drug dealing paraphernalia,’ said the fiscal.

When interviewed, Smith said in relation to the money that he had inherited some of it and the rest was his own savings.

Sheriff Patrick Hughes called for criminal justice social work and restriction of liberty order reports and he will hear from Smith’s defence agent once these reports have been prepared.

At the same hearing he will consider a motion from the Crown for the forfeiture of the money.

Sentence is now deferred until July 22.

The sheriff told Smith: ‘This is a very serious matter; I am looking at every alternative, including custodial.’