Cannabis convict to pay £10k

A Newtongrange man who was involved in a “substantial cannabis production operation” has been forced to pay £10,000 under proceeds of crime legislation.

Following a police search of his property, Scott Swan (37) pleaded guilty on January 10 last year to a contravention of Section 4(2)(A) of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, and was sentenced to 10 months imprisonment.

Appearing at Edinburgh Sheriff Court last Thursday, a Confiscation Order for £10,000 was made against him.

A Confiscation Order is an order made by the court following criminal conviction, to pay a fixed sum of money from the proceeds of crime.

Lindsey Miller, Head of the Serious and Organised Crime Division (SOCD), said: “Scott Swan operated a substantial cannabis production operation in his property in Newtongrange. Today’s confiscation order represents his illegitimate gains, as assessed by our forensic accountants following an investigation into his income and assets.

“The money will be added to the £60 million already gathered from Proceeds of Crime and will be re-invested in the community through the CashBack for Communities programme.”