Suspected drug dealers given a rude awakening in the Borders
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Police are pictured forcing entry to a flat in Langlee this morning - in one of a series of co-ordinated raids across the region, top. And, below, a sniffer dog carries out a search of the property. Also pictured are two suspects, a man and a woman, being taken into custody by plain clothed police officers. We have blacked out their faces to protect their identity.
POLICE have warned they will continue to target drug dealers across the region after conducting one of the biggest operations ever seen in the Borders.
More than 100 officers, both uniformed and plain clothed, from across the Lothian and Borders Police force area, along with four sniffer dogs, raided 11 addresses in Galashiels, Selkirk, Kelso and Hawick as part of Operation Goal on Wednesday, July 4.
They seized heroin, valium and a cannabis cultivation, as well as £3000 in cash, during the multi-agency initiative which was aimed at disrupting drug dealers who ply their evil trade in communities across the region.
A total of 11 people were also arrested during the raids which followed a six month intelligence gathering operation. They included nine men aged 49, 23, 29, 40, 42, 38, 31, 40 and 43 and two women aged 44 and 39. They were expected to appear in court in due course.
Police said the drugs bust would not have been possible without tip-offs from the public.
Detective Chief Inspector Amanda McGrath, one of the commanders in charge of the operation, said: "Lothian and Borders Police are committed to reducing crime locally within the Scottish Borders and providing re-assurance to our communities".
And she added: "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."
This article appeared in Border Telegraph 04 Jul 12
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