Leslie man jailed for growing cannabis worth £17k

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A Leslie man found to be growing 30 cannabis plants with a street value of £16,800 was handed a six month jail sentence by Sheriff Williamson at Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court last Tuesday.

A defence agent acting on behalf of Garry Shortt (42) said the plants were for his personal use only and he was unaware of their value.

She appealed to Sheriff Williamson to consider a community order, which would afford her client a more “structured” lifestyle.

Sheriff Williamson was not convinced, describing the accused’s defence as “untenable”.

He said: “Am I expected to believe a man with his record doesn’t know the value of the items he is growing?”

He added: “How much structure does he need in his life? He’s now been subject to three periods of community payback orders.”