Cannabis cultivation arrest while police appeal over ‘distraction theft’

Raid on Friday located cannabis cultivation.
Raid on Friday located cannabis cultivation.

EVERY EFFORT WILL be made to bring those who seek to deal in drugs in any Moray community to justice – while police are also warning of ‘distraction crime’ in the region.

A promise being made by local police over drugs came as they revealed that another raid has resulted in a court appearance – this time for a Buckie man who was caught with cannabis plants on Friday.

The 43-year-old was due to appear in Elgin Sheriff Court yesterday after the discovery of cannabis cultivation in the Buckie area.  Investigating the case was PC Rory Fraser, who said: “I would like to thank the members of the public who assisted with this investigation.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to remind those who produce or deal drugs in our communities that we will find out and make every effort to ensure those involved are brought before the courts.

“I would urge the public to continue providing Police with information that can help us detect and deter organised crime and drug dealing in the North East.  There is no place for those looking to spread harm and misery in our communities by dealing drugs or offending.”

Meanwhile, police in Elgin are appealing for information over a “distraction theft” that happened in the Asda Car Park on Sunday, May 15 at around 2.30pm.

A woman in her 80s was approached by a man believed to be aged in his 40s who had dark hair and was wearing a navy blue suit and white shirt and spoke with a foreign accent. The man spoke to the woman and during this time her purse was stolen and her bank card subsequently used to withdraw £300.

PC Paige MacDonald said: “We are carrying out enquiries to trace the person responsible for this crime, which has included reviewing CCTV; however we are appealing to the public for information that could assist us with our investigation.

“Additionally, we want to warn the public to be aware of criminals using distraction methods when committing thefts. When using bank cards, make sure your pin is covered from view and keep your belongings secure.”

Anyone with information on any dealing in illegal drugs or any other incidents in Moray should contact police on 101.