£78K confiscated after drug farm found in Peebles

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An Innerleithen man has had £78,000 confiscated after police uncovered a cannabis farm.

Graeme White,34, from Innerleithen, was made subject of the confiscation order last week after pleading guilty to cultivating and being concerned in the supply of cannabis at Edinburgh Sheriff Court in April.

White was later sentenced to a four-month Restriction of Liberty Order, a 200-hour Community Payback Order and two years on supervision.

On May 20, 2012, a sheriff was told that police detected a strong smell of cannabis within a communal stairwell in Bridgegate Court, Peebles.

The smell seemed to be strongest outside one door. The officers knocked on the door, and the accused answered and granted them permission to enter. The officers observed a room full of cannabis plants with lighting and a ventilation system in place.

The estimated value of the cultivation was assessed to be between £20,000 and £70,000. Herbal cannabis was also recovered with a street value of £4,000 to £14,000.

Speaking after the conclusion of the case, Lindsey Miller, Procurator Fiscal for Organised Crime and Counter-Terrorism, said: “Thanks to the vigilance of the police officers, a cannabis farm was uncovered that almost filled the premises in which it was constructed and consisted of more than 80 plants.

“Police and prosecutors have now dismantled the farm, brought Graeme White to justice and, after a thorough assessment of his financial records, secured the confiscation of £78,000 of criminal profit.

“The funds recovered will be reinvested in the community by Scottish ministers, through the CashBack for Communities programme.”