'20 joints a day' Falkirk cannabis dealer caught with four-figure drug haul

A cannabis dealer caught with almost £3000 worth of the drug claimed the haul was for personal use and “social supply”.

Robert Lang, whose address was given as in the Falkirk area, admitted possessing a quantity of the class B substance with intent to supply to another or others at his home on October 25, 2019.

The 37-year-old appeared at Falkirk Sheriff Court on Thursday having been busted by a police raid, during which several items were seized.

Procurator fiscal depute Sarah Smith said officers had been alerted to a “disturbance” at the property.

Robert Lang appeared at Falkirk Sheriff Court on Thursday. Picture: Michael Gillen.

She continued: “On being afforded access by the accused, officers detected a strong smell of cannabis and there was a large bag of what looked like a herbal substance.

“He advised it was cannabis for professional use and it was his. However, there were two others in the property.

“A warrant was granted and a number of items were seized from within.”

Police recovered bags containing 386 grams of cannabis with a combined estimated street value of £2857 from Lang’s home.

Defence solicitor Simon Hutchison told the court his client had admitted being concerned in the “social supply” of the drug to his “partner and her best friend”.

He added: “All three were buying and using together.

“He thinks he was using 20 joints a day and one of the others had an even higher habit.”

Mr Hutchison told Sheriff Derek Livingston his client had not committed a criminal offence for 12 years.

Lang was ordered to complete 200 hours of unpaid work within 12 months as an alternative to custody.

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