HAWICK CANNABIS FARM UPDATE: Drugs seized believed to have a street value of £90,000

A cannabis farm discovered at a flat in Hawick yesterday, Friday, March 12, is believed to contain drugs with a street value in the region of £90,000, police have confirmed.

Saturday, 13th March 2021, 11:43 am
Beaconsfield Terrace in Hawick.

Police officers attended Beaconsfield Terrace just before 1pm yesterday.

Earlier fire service officers had forced entry into the upstairs property, after being alerted by a neighbour of a water leak, and came across the cannabis farm in the living room and bedroom.

As a result of the discovery a misuse of drugs warrant was executed by Scottish Borders Community Action Team (SBCAT) and cannabis with a potential value of £90,000 was recovered.

Electricity at the flat had also been dangerously bypassed requiring the attendance of the Electricity Board to make it safe.

A search has now been launched for the occupier of the flat, who was not in attendance at the property yesterday.

Meanwhile, an appeal for information has been launched.

Sergeant Rourke of SBCAT said: “Tackling drug misuse remains one of our key priorities and this is clearly a significant recovery of Class B drugs.

"The property had also been in a dangerous state with the electricity having been bypassed posing a real fire hazard.

"I would encourage anyone with information about the production or supply of controlled drugs in our community to contact Police Scotland or Crimestoppers.

"Currently enquiries are ongoing to trace the occupier and anybody who may have information that may assist our enquiry is asked to call us on 101 or by completing our online ‘Contact Us’ form quoting the reference number 1307 of the 12th March 2021.

“Anyone wishing to report anonymously can do so by contacting Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

A neighbour said: “The lad that lives there woke up this morning and there was a water leak from his ceiling.

"He thought the ceiling was going to collapse and called the fire brigade because he couldn’t get in touch with the people living in the property above.

"The fire brigade officers got in the house to find a cannabis farm, in the living room and the bedroom. It was then the police were called in.”