A MAN who was caught producing thousands of pounds of cannabis has been ordered to carry out unpaid work as punishment.

Graeme Monaghan appeared at Alloa Sheriff Court last Thursday, August 30, after previously pleading guilty to a single charge of producing the class B drug at his home on The Craigs, Tillicoultry.

The value of the 26 plants found in the property was given as £9,750.

Susannah Hutchison, prosecuting, also made a confiscation order against the 31-year-old, who was on a bail order for a previous offence at the time, under the Proceeds of Crime Act to seize money he made from the production of his drugs.

The defence lawyer commented that she was under the impression that the sum would only be around £250, although Ms Hutchison could be seen questioning where that figure came from.

A final motion was made by the prosecutor to have four mobile phones forfeited. The phones were found during the search of the accused’s property on July 28.

Monaghan’s lawyer argued that one of the phones was his normal mobile and the rest were all old and unused. The motion was rejected by Sheriff David Mackie.

Sheriff David Mackie sentenced Monaghan to 160 hours of unpaid work while continuing the confiscation order for a period of 12 weeks.