n Police raid houses in attack on organised crime n £20,000 worth of contraband seized n Operation ‘a direct result of public intelligence’

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ALMOST £20,000 worth of goods was seized on Wednesday morning during one of three police raids in the town.

The dawn raid in Charles Street yielded approximately £20,000 of cash and goods, specifically drugs – cannabis and amphetamine, around £3,000 – almost £13,000 worth of contraband tobacco and alcohol and cash amounting to £4,000. A van was also seized under customs and excise legislation.

Colin Richardson appeared at Jedburgh Sheriff Court yesterday on a number of charges. The 36-year-old made no plea or declaration and was released on bail with the case continued for further examination.

He is due to appear in court at a later date.

Similar operations by specialist teams at two further addresses, in Chay Blyth Place and McLaren Court, also gathered ‘significant intelligence’ – as well as a Claymore sword which will be destroyed – during the operation to crack down on organised crime.

Operation Opulent was the enforcement phase of Lothian and Borders Police’s Made From Crime campaign, which aims to target those making cash illegally through crime.

Wednesday’s raids in the town involved some 35 police officers, both uniformed and plain clothed, as well as representatives from the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency and Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs.

Sergeant Garry Cross, who led the raids from G Division headquarters at Wilton Hill, said: “Twelve weeks ago we put the Made from Crime campaign out to the public to report back to us people who were clearly living beyond their means and living off their criminal activities.

“This operation was a direct result of public intelligence. They brought us to the addresses and Lothian and Borders Police are committed to stopping people profiting from criminal activity.”

Searches were also done on other targets throughout the Borders as well as suspect vehicles which had been identified.

n Nowhere to hide for those intent on profiting from criminal activity, page 3.