Police thank Port Bannatyne residents after major drug haul

Police investigations are continuing at the vacant Buckingham Terrace tenement block in Port Bannatyne where more than two thousand herbal cannabis plants - part of a total haul with an estimated street value of �900,000 - were discovered this week.
Police investigations are continuing at the vacant Buckingham Terrace tenement block in Port Bannatyne where more than two thousand herbal cannabis plants - part of a total haul with an estimated street value of �900,000 - were discovered this week.

People living in Port Bannatyne have been thanked for their help in leading police to the recovery of cannabis worth an estimated £900,000 in the village this week.

Three men - two aged 40 and one aged 39 - were remanded in custody after appearing at Greenock Sheriff Court on Wednesday in connection with the haul.

Police investigations are continuing at the vacant Buckingham Terrace tenement building in the village’s Castle Street where more than two thousand herbal cannabis plants were found on Tuesday.

That haul followed the discovery of a quantity of the same drug, this time with a street value of approximately £100,000, in a van stopped in nearby Marine Road on Monday.

Speaking at Bute Community Council, which held its monthly meeting in Port Bannatyne’s village hall this week, local Police Scotland sergeant David Watt said: “A lot of the intelligence we have had on this investigation has come from the community in Port Bannatyne, where people have been telling us for weeks there has been an odour in the air.

“That intelligence led us to identify the people using the flats in question, and I want to thank the residents who have provided us with information leading to this week’s recovery.

“It has to be a team effort and we really do appreciate the help.”