Two men have been jailed for their part in the cultivation of cannabis at a Port Bannatyne flat, with an estimated street value of £900,000.
Mohamad Karimi, 41, from Portsmouth and Mansoor Nikah, 40, from Airdrie, both pleaded not guilty at the trial in Aberdeen Sheriff Court, but were subsequently found guilty at Glasgow High Court on Friday, May 20. Karimi was sentenced to four years in prison; Nikah was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment.
A third man, Binih Ngoc Nguyen, 40, from London, pleaded guilty and was admonished.
The trio were arrested on October 19, 2015, after police officers stopped a white Renault Traffic van on Marine Road in the centre of the village where 10kg of drugs, believed to be herbal cannabis, were found within.
Following further investigation, a number of flats in nearby Castle Street were searched under warrant by officers and a cannabis cultivation, in excess of 2000 plants, was discovered.
Detective Inspector Douglas Wilson from Argyll and West Dunbartonshire Division CID said: “This case illustrates that drug-related crime occurs in all parts of Scotland and in many different types of community, whether large, small, urban or rural.
“The fact that this plantation was discovered on the Isle of Bute is uncommon but not surprising.
“Criminals will use any means to exploit communities and people for their own illicit gains and it was down to information provided to us locally that we were able to track down those responsible.
“Information from local communities is absolutely vital in our efforts to tackle drug-related crime and I would continue
to appeal to anyone with information or concerns to contact the police.
“Targeting drug crime remains a prime concern
for Police Scotland and officers will continue to tackle these criminals head-on to disrupt their activity and reduce the harm they impose on communities.”