Tayside and Central Scotland

Sweetshop owner fined £1,000 for running cannabis farm

A sweetshop owner has been fined £1,000 after he admitted running a cannabis farm in the outbuilding of his store.

Kenneth Coull, 52, who runs Ianetta's confectioners in Dundee's Hilltown area, used the back of his shop to grow the class B drug.

Dundee Sheriff Court heard police raided the store on 17 February after a tip off.

When they turned up Coull said: "I know what this is about - let's cut to the chase."

Coull then took officers to the outbuilding outside the rear of the shop, where drug paraphernalia was found.

Fiscal depute Laura Bruce told the court: "Ten cannabis plants, rooting gel, lamps and other equipment were found in the rear of the store."

Coull, of Broughty Ferry, pleaded guilty to possessing and producing cannabis at Ianetta's on 17 February this year.

Grant Bruce, defending, said: "The locus was an outbuilding with no through access from the shop.

"Nothing was produced from the plants - he hadn't harvested any of it. This was the first time he had done this."

Sheriff Elizabeth Munro fined Coull and said: "This was remarkably foolish."

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