Two unnamed Scottish men have been arrested and charged in connection with the most stereotypically-UK illicit cannabis operation ever discovered.
Police found and seized £250,000 (approx CA$423,335) worth of cannabis plants from an abandoned pub/fish n’ chips shop in West Lothian, one of Scotland’s historic councils near Edinburgh.
Police said a tip-off from the community led to the discovery of the illicit grow in the former local watering hole.
“This has been a massive drugs recovery that was made possible thanks to the vital information we received from the public,” Detective Sergeant Gillan Ross told STV News.
“Our communities continue to make it clear that they will not tolerate drug production and drug dealing in their areas and whenever they provide us with intelligence, we will carry out enforcement activity like this.”
Officers from West Lothian Community Investigation Unit raided The Firs Pubic House in Polbeth on Thursday morning, finding 750 cannabis plants and a variety of accessories used to produce the drug.
Two men in their late 30s are scheduled to appear before a judge today at the Livingston Sheriff Court. One of the men has also been charged in relation to another illicit grow in a different fish n’ chips shop near Fauldhouse last December.
“In total, the cannabis recovered in Fauldhouse and in Polbeth is worth around £250,000 and seizing it has undoubtedly put a significant dent in the operations of this crime group,” said Ross.
“We want to make it clear that drug crime, regardless of the scale, will not be tolerated and should you be found to be involved, you will be brought to justice.”
Officials did not disclose whether the pub’s taps and/or deep fryer remained functional.
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