TEN people have been arrested and charged with drugs offences following a two-day police operation in Galashiels.

Six people have appeared in court while another four have been released on undertakings and will appear in court at a later date.

Police Scotland said a number of search warrants were executed under the Misuse of Drugs Act in Galashiels on Wednesday and Thursday.

"Operation Brush" was a culmination of two months of work by officers gathering evidence to target those involved in the possession and supply of controlled drugs.

Over the course of two days, 10 properties were searched with quantites of classes A, B and C drugs recovered.

From two properties in the Cherry Park area of Tweedbank, approximately £1200 worth of heroin and around £300 worth of cocaine were seized.

A total of nine men and one woman, aged between 18 and 53, have now been charged in connection with drugs offences.

Six people have already appeared in private at Jedburgh Sheriff Court. 

John Tunnicliffe, 53, was charged with being concerned in the supply of heroin at his home in Hawthorn Road in Galashiels, over the course of the past month.

He also faces four other charges of supplying heroin during November and breaching his bail conditions.

Tunnicliffe made no plea and his case was continued for further examination.

He was remanded in custody by Sheriff Mungo Bovey.

Gary McBride, 31, of Coulter Avenue, Galashiels; Corrie Stanners, 24, of Cherry Park, Tweedbank, and 40-year-old Jay McAulay of Sydenham Court, Kelso; are accused of being concerned in the supply of class A drugs, between September and November.

They made no plea and their cases were continued. All three were released on bail.

Daniel McKenzie, 22, and 18-year-old Abbie Brown are charged with being concerned in the supply of heroin at their home in Church Square, Galashiels.

McKenzie faces another two charges of supplying the class A drug between September and November.

The pair made no plea and their cases were continued for further examination and they were also granted bail.

Detective chief inspector Stuart Reid said:"Operation Brush has been a two-day intelligence led operation focussing on properties and individuals believed to be involved in the possession and supply of controlled drugs in the Galashiels area.

"We know from the local community that drug misuse and associated criminality is a priority, which operations such as this aim to help address.

"A large number of officers and specialist resources have been utilised over the course of the past two days, with a significant amount of controlled substances removed from circulation, preventing it ending up on our streets."