The discovery was made as local officers, supported by colleagues from Border Policing Command, carried out searches at the Gills Bay Ferry Terminal in Cannisbay on Tuesday.
During this time, police questioned the driver of a Mercedes Veto Transporter van and then carried out a search of the vehicle.
As a result, one kilogram of cannabis – valued between £10,000 and £15,000 – was recovered from inside.
The 54-year-old was arrested at the scene and made a first appearance at Wick Sheriff Court on Wednesday (December 16).
Chief Inspector Jamie Wilson, Local Area Commander for Caithness, said: “A large part of Operation Ruling involves intelligence gathering and then utilising Police Scotland’s various specialist departments to support the excellent work being undertaken by Caithness’s local officers on a daily basis.
“This has once again paid dividends, as a significant quantity of cannabis has been seized before it could be distributed within communities throughout the Highlands and Islands.
“If you have information about ongoing criminal activity in your area then please contact us via 101, or email the Caithness Community Policing Team directly at [email protected]
"Alternatively, an anonymous report can be made to the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”
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