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Former oil worker convicted of cannabis cultivation

Dundee Sheriff Court
Image caption Dundee Sheriff Court was told cash and cannabis cultivation equipment was also recovered

A former oil worker grew cannabis to support himself after being made redundant due to the North Sea downturn, a court heard.

Oliver Georgopollous claimed he could not live on his monthly wage as a delivery driver after losing his oil industry job.

He told police he did not use the drug himself, but sold it on to "make a bit of money".

The 28-year-old from Dundee will be sentenced on 27 February.

Depute fiscal Eilidh Robertson told Dundee Sheriff Court that the drugs had a maximum value of £8,400.

Miss Robertson said: "A search of the property was undertaken, during which a cannabis cultivation consisting of 14 healthy mature plants was found within a tent in one of the rooms."

'Financial gain'

The court was told that cannabis cultivation equipment and about 11g of harvested herbal cannabis were also recovered.

Miss Robertson said: "Various other items of cannabis cultivation were found in other rooms of the property and £2,260 in cash was found in the accused's bedroom.

"He said that he did this purely for financial gain as he could not afford to live on the £700 to £900 per month he made in his job as a delivery driver, having previously been made redundant from his job in the oil industry.

"He admitted that the cash recovered was partly the profits from his sale of the cannabis."

Georgopollous, 28, of Dundee, admitted producing and supplying cannabis from his home address between March 2015 and March 2016.

Sheriff Alastair Carmichael deferred sentence for social work background reports.

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