Man charged after 90kg drug haul worth £500,000 seized from van on M74

Acting on intelligence, officers stopped a Ford Transit van on the M74 northbound on Thursday.

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A man has been charged after £500,000 of cannabis was found inside a van in South Lanarkshire.

Acting on intelligence, officers stopped a Ford Transit van on the M74 northbound, near Lesmahagow, around 5.45pm on Thursday.

Around 90kg of herbal cannabis, estimated to cost half a million pounds, was found inside the van by officers searching.

A 34-year-old man has been arrested and charged in connection with the seizure and appeared at Airdrie Sheriff Court on Friday.

Police said a report has been sent to the Procurator Fiscal.

Detective superintendent Craig Willison, of the Organised Crime Unit, said: “This is a significant recovery and I would like to take the opportunity to commend the excellent work of our Road Policing colleagues, who carried out the stop and allowed us to carry out our enquiries.

“This operation underlines our commitment to the Serious Organised Crime Taskforce and the country’s Serious Organised Crime Strategy.

“Police Scotland is committed to using every tool and tactic at our disposal to prevent the sale and distribution of illegal drugs in our local communities.

“If you have any information or concerns about drug misuse, do not hesitate to contact Police Scotland on 101 or report this anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”