CANNABIS plants with an estimated street value of £261,000 were seized in Dumfries last Friday morning.
And it has now emerged that it was part of a bigger pre-planned police operation also involving swoops in Glasgow, Renfrewshire and Kirkcaldy on the same day, culminating in the seizure of plants believed to be in excess of £1 million.
Last Friday morning police from Greater Glasgow, Fife and Dumfries’ pro-active units targeted a number of premises, both industrial and private, and recovered the plants.
Officers in Dumfries executed a warrant at a property on the High Street and recovered a significant quantity of cannabis plants with an estimated street value of £261,000.
Eleven men, aged between 20 and 42 years, have been arrested and charged in connection with all the recoveries. All are due to appear at their respective sheriff courts today. A report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.
Detective Inspector Alan Ferguson co-ordinated the operation. He said: “This day of action was a culmination of months of planning by each of the pro-active teams and involved over 100 officers.
“I have no doubt that the seizures will have a significant impact on the eventual availability of the drugs on the street and, more importantly, an even more significant impact on those who supply the drugs.
“Our commitment to disrupting, seizing and arresting those responsible for this type of crime will continue and I’d encourage anyone who has suspicions of this type of criminal activity to contact police via 101 or by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”