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Police raid on Keith croft turned up cannabis farm instead of weapons

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A RAID on a remote croft near Keith by police who were looking for firearms, found a cannabis farm instead.

The Inverness Justice Centre.
The Inverness Justice Centre.

When officers gained access they found no weapons but remnants of cannabis plants.

The search happened on August 22, 2022 at Moss-side Croft.

Fiscal depute Robert Weir told Sheriff Robert Frazer that further investigation led them to an outbuilding where they could hear humming and could smell cannabis.

"There was also a CCTV camera fitted to the outside and the outhouse was locked." Mr Weir added.

He said that police then obtained a drugs search warrant and once inside they found two large tents with a total of 101 cannabis plants at various stages of maturity.

Their total value ranged from £20,200 to £81,210.

It led to the arrest of 31-year-old Andrew Savage of Cumming Street, Keith who admitted to officers at an interview, where a responsible adult was present, that he was growing the drug for other people.

Savage admitted being concerned in the production of cannabis and had sentence deferred until August 14 for a background report.

Defence solicitor Stephen Carty reserved his plea of mitigation until then and his client had his bail continued.

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