police in drugs raids

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SIX people were arrested during police raids in the town this week in what was one of the biggest drugs operations locally in recent years.

Addresses at Union Street, Howdenbank and Duke Street were targeted on Wednesday, while homes in Drumlanrig Square, Elm Court, Noble Place and Glebe Mill Street were hit yesterday.

And the raids, conducted as part of Lothian and Borders Police’s Operation Goal, saw five men, aged 25, 37, 21, 41, 53, and a woman aged 39, taken into custody and charged under the Misuse of Drugs Act.

They came after more than six months of intelligence gathering from the local communities and involved around 100 officers from the Borders, East, West and Midlothian and Edinburgh, who swooped on a variety of targets across the region.

Detective Chief Inspector Amanda McGrath 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.”

Addresses in Galashiels, Selkirk, Melrose and Kelso were also searched as part of the Operation and a total of 23 arrests were made.

Overall there was Cocaine with a potential street value of £1000 was also seized during yesterday’s operation, while Wednesday netted additional street dealer amounts of Heroin and Valium, a cannabis cultivation and personal quantities of cannabis and a £3,000 individual cash seizure.

Although there were no drug recoveries from the Hawick addresses the police were quick to point out that the arrests of individuals believed to be involved in the distribution of drugs was their paramount focus.

Detective Chief Inspector McGrath added: “Following this up with further activity today will send out a clear message to others involved in the supply of illegal drugs, that the police continue a zero tolerance approach to drug dealing in the Scottish Borders”.

“I would also like to re-affirm that the success of this operation is directly attributed to the excellent collaborative working between Lothian and Borders Police, Scottish Borders Council and NHS Borders in tackling drug related crime at a local level.”

A leaflet detailing this week’s action will be distributed within communities and will also provide useful contact numbers for local police, social work, housing departments and rehab centres.