AN ESTIMATED £8.5 million worth of cannabis plants have been seized by police in Scotland since the start of 2024.

Police Scotland said it was sending a “clear message to criminals that drugs have no place in any of our communities” as a result of the seizures.

In January alone so far, officers have intercepted various quantities of the Class B drug with an estimated street value of £8,624,000.

This month’s activity took place across Scotland, including two seven-figure seizures, with cannabis worth £3.6 million recovered in Greenock and a further quantity worth £2.25 million recovered in Dundee.

Arrests have been made in relation to the majority of the seizures and enquiries are ongoing into the remaining incidents.

Detective Superintendent Craig Willison, from Police Scotland’s organised crime and counter terrorism unit, said: “This year we have already seen some very significant recoveries across the country, which demonstrates that no community is safe from the harm caused by illegal drugs.

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