Gang rented village flats to grow cannabis

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police probing an organised crime gang uncovered cannabis farms in flats in the centre of Uddingston and Bothwell.

The drugs ring was smashed just two weeks before 150 cannabis plants were due to be harvested.

And there was a dramatic end to the police operation as one of the gang fled on to the roof. He was arrested only after a three-hour stand-off which caused chaos in Uddingston.

Two men from Liverpool appeared at Hamilton Sheriff Court last week in connection with the sophisticated drugs set-up.

David Hind (53) and Michael Gregory (22) admitted being concerned in the supply of cannabis between May 1 and July 5 last year.

Emma Anderson, prosecuting, said police raided three properties on July 5.

Three tents each containing 25 cannabis plants were found in a flat above a shop in Main Street, Bothwell. The tents had a reflective silver material inside to boost growth and there was other equipment used in the production of cannabis plants.

An identical set up was found in a former guesthouse in Main Street, Uddingston, while a third property, also in Uddingston, appeared to be the gang’s living quarters.

Cannabis resin processed from the plants would have had a street value of more than £38,000.

Sheriff Thomas Millar deferred sentence on the accused until next month.

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