ALTHOUGh Berwickshire wasn’t one of the areas targeted by officers, Lothian and Borders have emphasised their zero tolerance approach to drugs by making a number of arrests as part of a major drugs operation within the region.
Around 100 officers gathered at the Tweedbank Industrial Estate at 5.30am last Wednesday, July 4, before carrying out raids at 11 addresses in Galashiels, Selkirk, Kelso and Hawick and then again on Thursday, when addresses in Melrose were also visited.
The activity was part of Operation Goal - a multi-agency initiative to identify street-dealers and bring them to justice.
Following over six months of intelligence gathering from the local communities, nine men aged 28, 53, 32, 21, 25, 28, 41, 39, and 24 and three women are aged, 22, 37 and 39 were all identified as being involved in the distribution of drugs within the Borders.
Additional street dealer amounts of Heroin and Valium, a cannabis cultivation and personal quantities of cannabis were also recovered as part of routine searches and a £3000 individual cash seizure was made.
The public will also be asked to remain vigilant for further criminal activity in their area and report those who profit from crime to police.
Detective Chief Inspector Amanda McGrath, who had tactical command for last week’s operation said: “With the valued information from the public and support from our partner agencies in bringing this initiative together, my officers have been able to gain vital evidence and information, which has successfully led to the arrest of these individuals”.
“We are extremely fortunate to have an excellent working relationship with our partner agencies and the willing assistance and support we receive from members of the public cannot be stressed enough.
“As we move through the summer months we will continue our targeted operations which will result in further arrests and I would like to take this opportunity to encourage people within communities to come forward and report any form of criminal activity to police.
“Lothian and Borders Police are committed to reducing crime locally within the Scottish Borders and providing re-assurance to our communities”.