Police in Levenmouth have seized drugs worth thousands of pounds after a member of the public provided them with vital information.
Officers swooped on the property in Den Walk, Buckhaven, last week after they received the tip-off from a concerned resident.
Eighteen cannabis plants were seized, with a street value of around £9000. A 34-year-old man has been reported to the Procurator Fiscal and will appear in court on February 18.
Inspector Donald Jenks, based at Levenmouth Police Station, said: “We had confidential information from a member of the public who had reported a strong smell coming from the property.
“We got a warrant and discovered 18 cannabis plants.
“The man had also by-passed his electricity meter, as is often the case in these matters.”
Inspector Jenks noted that, although it may appear as if instances of drugs being grown in private homes are on the up, it is down to the police receiving more information about the illegal activity.
“We are definitely getting more information from the public,” he said. “When people see stories about these things in the papers and through our tweets, they get in touch.
“So there isn’t necessarily a rise in the number of people doing it, but people are actually getting in touch more, so much so that the price of cannabis went up last year.”
Inspector Jenks said there are a number of signs that someone may be growing drugs illegally that people can look out for.
“Misted up or blacked-out windows are one sign it may be going on,” he said. “Cannabis also has a distinctive, strong smell.
“And if you know a property is unoccupied but people are coming and going every day, that can raise suspicion too.”