Woman caught growing £1000 of cannabis

Livingston Sheriff Court heard Jillian johnston's home was raided. Picture: Gordon McBrearty
Livingston Sheriff Court heard Jillian johnston's home was raided. Picture: Gordon McBrearty
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A West Lothian woman was caught growing nearly £1000 worth of cannabis after she was “grassed up” to police.

Cops acting on a tip-off arrested Jillian Johnston after getting a search warrant and raiding her home in Hillside Place, Blackridge.

They found 21 cannabis plants and growing equipment in a bedroom, which had been modified to grow the class B drug, Livingston Sheriff Court heard.

Johnston, 36, appeared for sentence today after earlier pleading guilty.

She admitted producing cannabis and bypassing the electricity meter on October 23 last year while on bail.

Catherine Knowles, prosecuting, said police got a search warrant for Johnston’s home after they received confidential information.

No-one was at home when they searched her house, but Johnston was arrested soon afterwards.

Mrs Knowles said the cannabis crop was valued at between £500 and £900, but the Crown accepted the illegal drug was for her personal use.

Gerry Bann, defending, stressed there was no suggestion that his client had been involved in supplying the drug to others.

He claimed Johnston had been involved in a serious car accident in 2007 and had been at risk of having her leg amputated.

She had since undergone seven major operations to her leg and used cannabis in a bid to alleviate “chronic, serious pain” from her injuries.

He added: “Her arrest has been a wake-up call to take control of her life and deal with her addictions and depression.”

Sheriff Mhari MacTaggart sentenced Johnston to 110 hours of unpaid work and placed her under supervision for a year on a community payback order.