The Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency (SCDEA) wants the people of Scotland to provide them with valid information on any houses or flats that cultivates cannabis. The new campaign has been put forth in order to uproot the many cannabis factories after new figures showed that police officers have seized almost £40m worth of the plants since 2006.
Set up by organised crime gangs, the public are asked to use their ‘natural senses’ in order to find out the presence of the cannabis factories. It is seen that workers in the factories which is set up in the residential areas are locked up like slaves.
Though the UK government has graded Cannabis as Class C drug from Class B in 2004, it is seen that they need to reverse the decision. It is also seen that there was virtually no production over the year but as of nine months Scotland topped the list with almost 60 productions of the drug.
Launching the campaign, Justice Kenny MacAskill said:
“Even the smallest piece of information about an individual or group’s activity can be the key that unlocks the door to disrupting an entire criminal empire”
Crime gangs are focusing on the industrial production of the drug by putting more emphasis on the potency of the product and therefore have a more marketable product.
Posing serious safety risks and even fire and electrocution risks, these highly dangerous cultivations are reaching up-to the doorsteps of the people and nobody wants or needs it. It is also seen that those individuals who are in for the cannabis cultivation are from the South-east Asian origin.