NEighbours have told of their shock after cannabis plants with a potential value of £40,000 were detected within a property in a quiet suburban street.
It is understood that 390 plants were discovered in a house on Provost Milne Grove, South Queensferry, by an energy company employee during an inspection.
A man living on the street, who did not wish to be named, said: “We noticed lots of police cars and vans outside just after 6pm on Monday night. My daughter said she had seen the driver of a Scottish Gas van being spoken to by the police. There were still a lot of police officers about during the day on Tuesday too.
“It’s a very quiet street and people keep themselves to themselves.
“I never noticed anything unusual about that house and I’m very surprised to hear about what was going on there, we had absolutely no idea.”
Police Scotland are looking for assistance from the public to trace those responsible for the massive cultivation.
A spokesman said: “Police in Edinburgh responded to Provost Milne Grove, South Queensferry, on Monday after a cannabis cultivation was discovered within a property.
“Around 390 plants with a potential value of £40,000 were seized along with various items of cultivation equipment.
“Enquiries are ongoing to trace those responsible for the cultivation and anyone who can assist police with their investigation is asked to come forward immediately.”
The find is just the latest cannabis farm to be discovered. In April 2012 The Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo) warned that cannabis farmers were moving away from commercial and industrial sites in favour of residential properties. They asked members of the public to be on the look-out for new neighbours moving in equipment such as ventilation and lighting or irrigation, plus gardening equipment such as grow bags and soil.
Other tell-tale signs include blacked out windows, condensation forming on windows, unusual levels of heat or light coming from the building, people coming and going at strange hours, and of course, the pungent smell.
In May the Evening News revealed that two men had attempted to hide the odour of a cannabis farm in a former estate agents on Leith Walk by repeatedly painting the exterior of the building.
However, the work, which was believed to have gone on for five hours a day, five days a week, only served to further heighten their neighbours’ suspicions.
When officers raided the property they discovered 60 plants worth £25,000 inside.