Crack seized in Edinburgh drugs bust totalling £140k

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Large quantities of crack cocaine and heroin have been seized by police as an operation to tackle drug dealers continues.

Three men were arrested and charged after substances worth £140,000 were recovered from two addresses in the Prestonfield area of the city.

Half a kilo of crack cocaine and three quarters of a kilo of heroin were discovered alongside 14 ounces of cannabis and around 10,000 diazepam tablets.

An amount of amphetamine, believed to be for personal use, was also seized.

The searches on Wednesday came just a day after police revealed they had seized drugs worth almost £100,000 from properties elsewhere in the Capital, including upmarket addresses in Stockbridge.

Three men, aged 55, 45 and 30, appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court yesterday on charges relating to the Misuse of Drugs Act.

It is understood the latest raids centred on the former council housing scheme within the Prestonfield area.

Police refused to reveal the exact locations to avoid prejudicing their inquiries.

Local councillor Cameron Rose welcomed the arrests and seizures, but said he feared there were other dealers operating in the area.

He said he had been contacted by constituents who described the district as “riddled with drug dealers”.

Cllr Rose said: “Local people are suffering and are often aware that there’s something amiss. It affects local people, with the antisocial behaviour that’s associated with these dealers and illegal drugs.”

He added: “I know there have been concerns going back for years. There are at least two other specific addresses that I’m hoping will be next. But of course police need to have evidence to force the door. [Residents] may be relieved but it may be a small part of what’s going on under our noses.”

Detective Superintendent David Gordon said: “As part of Wednesday’s activity we have recovered significant quantities of drugs before they could be distributed within our communities.

“We will continue to act on intelligence from the public and I would urge anyone wishing to report criminal activity in their area to do so by calling Police Scotland on 101 or by making an anonymous report through the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

The police activity in Prestonfield was the latest in a string of raids by officers cracking down on organised crime.

On Sunday, officers seized diamorphine, or so-called “medical heroin” from a property in Argyle Street, Leith. A 51-year-old man and a 49-year-old woman were charged in connection with the drug haul, which had a potential street value of £85,000.

A subsequent raid netted diamorphine, cannabis and LSD worth around £2670, and three men aged 21, 27 and 31 were subsequently charged.

kaye.nicolson@edinburghnews.com