Drugs enforcement operation in Galashiels

Published 14 December 2018

A two day operation in the Scottish Borders has seen ten people charged in connection with drug offences.

On Wednesday 12 December and Thursday 13 December a two-day proactive operation in Galashiels saw a number of search warrants executed under the Misuse of Drugs Act.

The operation was a culmination of two months of work by officers, gathering evidence to target those involved in the possession and supply of controlled drugs.

Over the course of two days, 10 properties were searched with quantities of Classes A, B and C drugs recovered.

From two properties in the Cherry Park area, approximately £1200 worth of heroin and around £300 worth of cocaine were seized.

A total of nine men and one woman, aged between 18 and 53, have now been charged in connection with drug offences.

Detective Chief Inspector Stuart Reid said: “Operation Brush has been a two-day intelligence led operation focussing on properties and individuals believed to be involved in the possession and supply of controlled drugs in the Galashiels area.

“We know from the local community that drug misuse and associated criminality is a priority, which operations such as this aim to help address.

“A large number of officers and specialist resources have been utilised over the course of the past two days, with a significant amount of controlled substances removed from circulation, preventing it ending up on our streets.

Scottish Borders Council’s Executive Member for Community Safety, Councillor George Turnbull, said: “Drugs can blight the day-to-day lives of our residents, which is why this police operation resulting in a significant number of arrests and quantities of drugs being taken off our streets was so important.

“Members of the Community Action Team (CAT) were involved in this operation. With the help of funding from the Council, this police team was set up earlier this year to provide a dedicated resource to tackle local issues such as drugs, anti-social behaviour and illegal parking.

“Using local intelligence and feedback from local Councillors on concerns their constituents have raised with them, CAT is making a real difference and I would encourage members of the public to continue to engage with the team.”

DCI Reid continued: “We are thankful to the public for the information they have provided us so far which has helped shape this operation, and I would encourage them to continue to engage with us to help identify and target those involved in this sort of criminality.

“I would ask anyone with any information, or concerns over drug misuse in their area, to report this to us in confidence on 101. Alternatively, you can speak to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

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