Following the sentencing of Mark Simpson, 47, Lee Wallace, 39, and Steven Vidgen, 38, to a total of more than 20 years jail at the High Court in Glasgow today, Tuesday, 30 January, Police Scotland has released the following statement.
The individuals concerned in this case were sentenced for their part in being concerned in the supply of controlled drugs after officers recovered heroin and crack cocaine valued at more than £100,000 in Aberdeen in July 2016.
Detective Constable Lewis Murray said, "The drugs recovered were ultimately destined for the streets of the North East where they would only spread misery and leave harm behind.
"By taking the drugs out of circulation and putting the offenders to court we hope that this serves as a reminder that we are committed to tackling the illegal supply of drugs in the North East and do so every day.
"We rely on our communities to work with us and report any concerns they have to us. We know that drug dealers from cities across the country come to the North East for the purpose of dealing drugs and we are urging people to be aware of the signs that someone who may be seen as an easy target is being used for this purpose."
Detective Inspector Allen Shaw added, "We will continue to target those who exploit vulnerable people and use their homes to store or deal drugs, known as 'cuckooing'.
"We are urging people to be aware of the warning signs that such activity may be happening in your neighbourhood and report any concerns to us. In particular you may have noticed new associates or increased visitors at a particular house, or an increased number of vehicles outside a property including taxis or hire cars. If something doesn't feel right it probably isn't so report it to us and let us have the opportunity to take action.
"Any concerns can be reported to police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."