A 55-year-old man appeared in court yesterday charged in connection with alleged drugs, firearms and explosives offences in the wake of a weekend raid in Caithness.
Police had closed off a section of the A9 road following the discovery of a suspicious device during an operation on Sunday night.
Peter Lambert, from St Albans, appeared on petition at Wick Sheriff Court yesterday.
He made no plea or declaration and was committed for further examination and remanded in custody.
He was charged under the Misuse of Drugs Act (1971), the Firearms Act (1968) and the Explosives Act (1875).
He is alleged to have produced a controlled drug, and had gunpowder.
A property at Spittal was searched by police on Sunday on the second day of a drugs operation.
The discovery of a suspicious device prompted police to set up a 100-yard cordon and close the nearby A9 between Spittal and Latheron for several hours on Sunday night.
The major route was eventually reopened at 1am yesterday. (MON)
Traffic had been diverted via Wick.
A Royal Navy bomb disposal team was called up from Edinburgh.
A spokeswoman for the force confirmed that a “device” was made safe.
Lambert is expected to appear in court again on Christmas Eve.