GANGS running cannabis factories across Britain are putting police lives at risks with deadly boobytraps.
A top cop told of the dangerous new trend at a drugs conference in Scotland yesterday.
Detective Chief Superintendent Stephen Whitelock, Strathclyde Police’s head of intelligence, said: “Our colleagues down south are up against boobytrapped sites where doors and windows are wired into the mains supply.
“How long will it be before we end up with a horrible homicide and a category A inquiry that will cost millions to investigate?”
Whitelock also told the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland conference that cannabis farms run by Asian gangs have been linked to kidnappings and extortion.
Delegates were shown a Record front page featuring a report on the trend.
And Whitelock added: “We have seen an increase in violence and disorder with young Chinese gangs running amok in the street.”
Almost 90,000 cannabis plants worth £27.7million have been seized since 2007 and Scotland’s forces have made 158 arrests, the majority of them Chinese and Vietnamese.