Cannabis find in vacant Dundee shop

Cannabis plants with an estimated street value of £50,000 have been discovered in a vacant shop in Dundee.

Tayside Police officers found about 160 plants after searching a property in the city's Forest Park Road.

The find came as senior officers reported an increase in the number of cannabis cultivations found across Tayside.

Assistant Chief Constable Bill Harkins urged the community as a whole to be aware of any suspicious activity.

Police said they were continuing to look for those behind the latest cultivation discovery.

Det Insp Mike Pirie from Tayside Police's drugs branch, said landlords were being lured into a false sense of security by some tenants.

He said: "'The properties where we find these cannabis cultivations are nearly always rented. Tenants seem reasonable, check out perfectly, pay their rent on time, but have turned their properties into cannabis factories once a level of trust has been achieved.

"After several months of good behaviour the tenant will start modifying the premises for cannabis growing, often ripping holes in the walls and fitting industrial coolers and gardening equipment."

He added: "Our advice to landlords is to ensure that they do proper checks on tenants and make visits to their property every six to eight weeks. Small signs, like curtains being pulled during the day, can also indicate wrongdoing."

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