Court appearance after Cuminestown drug bust
A 30-year-old man from the Cuminestown area has appeared at Peterhead Sheriff Court in relation to alleged drugs offences after cannabis with an estimated street value of £142,000 was seized from an Industrial Unit in the Cuminestown near Turriff over the weekend.
Approximately 100 plants were recovered after local officers responded at an address after receiving valuable intelligence from the local community.
The industrial estate houses several local businesses including a coach company, auto repair and case manufacturer, with the property in question standing as a seperate double unit.
As officers remained on site on Monday and Tuesday while material was removed from the building, Detective sergeant Scott McKay said: “This is the second major recovery of illegal drugs in the last week.
“This is a direct result of intelligence we receive from people within our local communities.
“I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the ongoing work between Local Community Officers and our Criminal Investigation Departments, our partner agencies and the local community who continue to provide invaluable intelligence which leads directly to the recovery of controlled drugs and the apprehension of offenders.
“We will continue to actively pursue those who target vulnerable people in the north-east by disrupting their actions and seizing the proceeds of criminal activities.
Last week two men aged 22 and 32 from Lithuania appeared at Aberdeen Sheriff Courtin relation to alleged drugs offences after cannabis with an estimated street value of £120,000 was seized from a property in the Tyrebagger area of Kinellar on the A96 south of Kintore.
Approximately 150 plants were recovered after officers from Pro Active Unit of the CID with assistance of Specialist Units acted upon valuable intelligence and executed a Drugs Search Warrant at an address.
Detective sergeant John Lumsden said on that incident: “This was a major recovery of illegal drugs that were bound for our local communities.
“We continue to take action against those who target vulnerable people by disrupting their actions and seizing the proceeds of criminal activities.”
Anyone with information about the supply of illegal drugs should contact Police Scotland on 101 or if you wish to remain anonymous can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 0800 555 111.