Men Held As Cannabis Plants Seized

1 March 2015, 07:11 | Updated: 30 March 2016, 13:50

Three men have been arrested after police seized cannabis plants with a potential street value of £80,000.

The drugs were recovered from an address in Newbridge, near Edinburgh on Thursday.

Three men aged 36, 39 and 46 were arrested and charged under the Misuse of Drugs Act.

Officers are urging neighbours and landlords to be wary of suspicious behaviour by residents and look out for signs of cultivation, which include a strong sickly-sweet smell, permanently blacked out windows, and high levels of heat or condensation on windows.

Detective Inspector Paul Grainger said: "This is the second recovery of a significant cannabis cultivation in under a week and shows the dedication of Police Scotland to removing illicit drugs from our communities.

"I would urge landlords and letting agents, in particular, to be aware of what is happening in the premises they let.

"Not only is this activity harmful to the community but their properties are more susceptible to structural damage and fire due to excessive cabling, use of flammable materials and illegal tampering with electricity systems.

"They may also lose rent during eviction and periods of repair or be held liable by the property's energy supplier for outstanding bills.''