A cannabis dealer who tried to evade police by hiding his ‘grass’ in the collection box of his lawnmower has avoided a jail term.
John Lamond was holding £1800 worth of the class B drug for himself and three friends after making a bulk buy from a dealer.
But the 44-year-old was snared when officers raided his home in Forfar’s Glenmoy Terrace after a vehicle he was in was stopped.
There were no drugs in the vehicle - but a further search warrant was out for his home address.
Police went there and a sniffer dog indicated there could be drugs in his living room and kitchen.
It then went outside and homed in on an outside storage box, before focusing on the grass collection box of Lamond’s lawnmower.
Officers checked it and found four wraps of herbal cannabis.
Smaller bags were also found in his living room - a total weight of 123.5 grams worth between £1200 and £1800 on the street.
Police forensic officers said that because the cannabis was found in four individual packages and in such a significant quantity that it was for onward supply.
Lamond, 44, of Glenmoy Terrace, Forfar, pleaded guilty to a charge of being concerned in the supply of cannabis in January this year.
Defence solicitor Billy Rennie said Lamond had a previous conviction for drugs possession in 2011.
He said: “The background report makes it clear that he has been a heavy drug user for many years and his position here is that he made a bulk purchase along with three friends that was for use by him and his friends only.
“The value was based on street value. His position is that he paid £600 and it was offered to him as a discounted purchase.
“He realises he has put himself in a very difficult position because of this.
“The starting point of his drug misuse was some 15 years ago and that began with heroin. He wants to avoid returning to heroin and that involves cannabis but he is also progressing well with drug misuse services.”
Mr Rennie added: “He was not doing this for any financial gain, other than cutting down his own costs.”
Sheriff Pino Di Emidio imposed a one-year community payback order, including 120 hours of unpaid work.