Five men have been convicted in relation to drugs offences after a police operation recovered more than £200,000 worth of cannabis and cocaine from various addresses and locations in the Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire area. Operation Lashka also led to more than £40,000 in cash being recovered.
Following the convictions of Anthony Shrimpton, 39, John Campbell, 49, Lee Shrimpton, 37, Harald Reid, 25, and Elliot Edwards, 22, at the High Court in Glasgow, Police Scotland has issued the following statement.
The operation was carried out between November 2016 and March 2017 and involved drug recoveries in the Aberdeen area as well as the Tarland area of Aberdeenshire and a significant cash recovery in the Glasgow area.
Detective Inspector Robin Sim, of the Organised Crime and Counter Terrorism Unit, said, "Tackling the illegal supply of drugs is a priority for Police Scotland and we will continue to target individuals who are intent on making money from this illegal trade which only spreads harm and misery in communities.
"Operation Lashka was an intelligence-led operation which led to the recovery of a significant amount of drugs over a period of time which would have been bound for the communities of the North East.
"Information provided to us is always taken seriously and I would like to thank members of the public who have assisted us.
"Anyone who has information or concerns in relation to drugs should contact Police Scotland on 101. Alternatively information can be passed anonymously via the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."