A secret hanging garden of thousands of pounds worth of cannabis was initially missed by police during a raid on a businessman’s lock-up unit, Perth Sheriff Court was told.
The court heard Radomir Hrbac, 36, Keptie Street, Arbroath, had more than 250 branches of the illicit plant draped from string drying off when his cannabis farm was discovered by police.
Hrbac had built a false wall into his two-storey industrial unit in the town to create an area where he could secretly grow cannabis, the court was told.
The smell from the plants attracted the tenant of a neighbouring unit and the owner called police after being informed about the suspicions.
The court heard officers raided the lock-up and inspected both floors without finding the hanging garden, which was behind a partition wall on the mezzanine level of the unit.
However, due to the strong smell of cannabis, officers waited in the unit until Hrbac appeared and he admitted having a secret garden behind a partition.
Fiscal depute Sue Ruta told the court: “There were 255 branches in total on 11 pieces of string. Hrbac was interviewed and admitted he had been cultivating cannabis. He was adamant it was not for selling.”
She told the court that the damp drugs weighed over half a kilo and had a maximum potential street value of 8,580, but conceded it would weigh less once dried.
Hrbac admitted producing cannabis at Peasiehill Road, in Arbroath, between 25 March and 25 July last year. His sentence was deferred for reports.