More arrests as part of Operation Goal

OVER 30 people have now been arrested and charged as part of an ongoing drugs operation in the Borders.

Operation Goal, which launched on Wednesday, July 4, saw officers from all over Lothian and Borders Police carry out a series of raids in Hawick, Kelso, Selkirk, Melrose and Galashiels, following months of evidence gathering into street-level drug dealing.

During the first enforcement phase, 25 people were charged with alleged drug offences and appeared in court thanks to the invaluable information officers received from the local communities.

Quantities of Class A and B drugs along with cash were also seized during the raids.

Between Wednesday, July 11 and Sunday, July 15, officers carried out more raids at various addresses in Hawick and Galashiels.

As a result, two men from Galashiels, aged 50 and 20 and four men from Hawick, aged 39, 29, 57 and 27, have been charged under the Misuse of Drugs Act.

All have since made their first appearance in court.

Detective Chief Inspector Amanda McGrath said: “When Operation Goal was launched we made a promise to our communities that this was not a one-off occurrence.

“We have continued to make good on that promise and utilise the information we receive to identify and bring to justice those involved in drug crime within the Scottish Borders.

“Our engagement with local communities is vital in obtaining the information that makes operations like this a success and officers will continue to provide a visible presence throughout the region.

“Lothian and Borders Police will always robustly investigate any reports of crime and anyone who wishes to come forward with information relating to drugs or associated criminal behaviour in their community can contact their local policing team or alternatively the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”