LOTHIAN and Borders Police have arrested and charged a further seven people under the Misuse of Drugs Act as part of an ongoing campaign in the Scottish Borders, although there are still to be any arrests in Berwickshire.
Operation Goal, which was launched earlier this month to target street-level drug dealers, has now resulted in 38 arrests thanks to vital information gathered from the local communities over the past six months.
In the last fortnight officers have carried out more raids at properties in Earlston, Galashiels and Hawick to execute arrest warrants on individuals believed to be involved in the supply of drugs throughout the Borders.
Five men aged 38, 24, 27, 23 and 27 and two women aged 18 and 25 have since made their first appearance in court on alleged drug offences.
A 28-year-old man, who was arrested during the previous raids has now pled guilty to drug dealing and has been sentenced to eight months in prison.
During the operation, dealer quantities of heroin and cannabis have been seized along with various items of drug paraphernalia and sums of cash.
Partner agencies from NHS Borders and Scottish Borders Council continue to support Operation Goal by providing support and advice to those affected by the aftermath of the police enforcement.
Detective Chief Inspector Amanda McGrath said: “We continue to build our intelligence picture for those involved in the supply of drugs within the Scottish Borders.
“I am buoyed by the continued support of our local communities, who have made it clear through the information they provide our officers with, that they will not tolerate drug dealers operating in their area.
“However, we cannot rest on the success we’ve had so far and officers will keep on engaging with local residents in their policing areas to obtain more information on drug crime.
“Anyone who wishes to report drug-related criminal activity in their community can contact police, or alternatively the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”