£300k in drugs, cash seized in West Lothian raids

Cash and drugs were seized in a series of raids. File picture: Lisa Ferguson

Cash and drugs were seized in a series of raids. File picture: Lisa Ferguson

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CLASS A and B drugs worth £300,000 and thousands of pounds of cash have been seized by police during raids in West Lothian.

Officers stopped two men aged 38 and 24 in Bathgate town centre at around 1pm yesterday and recovered around five kilos of cannabis and £12,000 in cash.

A further £10,000 was seized at an address in Meadowpark Crescent, Bathgate while 34 kilos of cannabis and a kilo of cocaine were found within a property in Kingsfield, Linlithgow.

Two more men aged 34 and 27 were detained and all four were subsequently arrested.

They will appear at Livingston Sheriff Court tomorrow.

The estimated value of the recovered drugs is around £300,000.

Chief Inspector Stevie Dolan, local area commander for West Lothian, said: “These recoveries and arrests demonstrate our continued commitment to tackling serious and organised crime across West Lothian and to bring those responsible for offences such as drug crime to justice.

“This has been a sizeable seizure of harmful substances before they could make their way onto the streets of West Lothian and will undoubtedly disrupt the cash flow of organised crime groups operating in the region.

“I want to make it clear that the distribution and production of drugs, along with other forms of serious and organised crime, will not be tolerated and we will continue to use all resources at our disposal to identify those involved and remove them from our communities.

“The public have also made it clear they do not want drug dealers in their area and regularly provide us with vital information that results in successful recoveries such as this.

“Anyone who wants to report ongoing criminal activity within their community can do so by calling Police Scotland on 101 or by making an anonymous call to the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”