Two men have appeared at Wick Sheriff Court accused of being involved in organised crime.
Kang Lin, 33, and Xiang Yun Zheng, 39, also face charges of stealing electricity and producing and supplying cannabis.
Five others also made a second appearance at the court on the same charges.
Mr Lin and Mr Zheng made no plea or declaration and were remanded in custody.
Their addresses were not given in court.