POLICE in Rothesay discovered between 30 and 50 cannabis plants during a raid on a house in the town’s Prospect Terrace on Tuesday morning.
Various items of paraphernalia linked to the cultivation of the drug were also found in the operation, which Rothesay inspector Gordon Anderson said had been planned during the course of the last few days on the basis of intelligence received by the police.
“It’s a good-sized cultivation,” Inspector Anderson told The Buteman.
“If it’s not the largest we’ve had on the island for a number of years, then it’s certainly one of the largest.”
Rothesay-based officers were assisted in Tuesday’s operation by colleagues from Strathclyde Police’s ‘flexi unit’ in Dumbarton, led by Inspector John Blair.
The unit was recently established with the aim of supporting similar operations throughout Argyll and Bute and West Dunbartonshire.
A 50-year-old man was arrested and charged by police shortly before midnight on Tuesday, and appeared from custody at Greenock Sheriff Court on Wednesday.