POLICE purged drug dealers in a series of raids across Wester Hailes in the wake of a fatal stabbing two weeks ago.
Teams of officers raided six homes over 48 hours, acting on a surge of intelligence following the death of 31-year-old Robbie Morrison.
The Evening News joined members of the Edinburgh Criminal Investigation Department as a three-car convoy made the journey to Hailesland Gardens early yesterday morning.
Three men were arrested and charged with drugs offences in the swoop as officers seized cash and £1300 of drugs, including heroin, from their homes.
Barely a curtain twitched as the seven plain-clothes officers piled out of their vehicles and descended into the one-bed flat shortly after 9am.
A shout of “police” was quickly followed by the clatter of the battering ram as they hurried into the ground-floor flat.
Officers could be seen combing the property wearing blue rubber gloves before two uniformed officers escorted a man in handcuffs into the back of their police car shortly after 10am.
Detective Inspector Stuart Harkness said the raids were largely the result of tip-offs from the public.
It follows door-to-door inquiries in the neighbourhood after the death of Mr Morrison, a former guardsman with the 1st Battalion Scots Guards.
DI Harkness said: “Sadly there was the murder of Mr Morrison in the Wester Hailes area. On the back of these kinds of inquiries, we tend to find it does generate some intelligence and we are keen to react to it.
“We’ve had a lot of information on a variety of drugs, including heroin.
“It is vital that we do get intelligence provided by the community and hopefully they will see from the activity over the last few days that we do act on that and it doesn’t fall on deaf ears.”
A 48-year-old appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court yesterday while two men, 48, and 50, are due to appear at a later date in relation to charges under the Misuse of Drugs Act.
Two other men, aged 35 and 45, were also arrested in relation to outstanding arrest warrants as part of Operation Wolf.
Last month, plain-clothed officers seized legal highs worth up to £60,000 in raids on premises in Leith Walk, Newington and Wester Hailes.
And in July police seized over £47,000 in drugs and cash during raids at three addresses in the Moredun area as part of the same operation.
DI Harkness added: “The message is we won’t go away, we will keep coming back if there is information there.
“If we have got criminality in neighbourhoods then we need to be able to show the people living in these communities that they can go about their day-to-day business without the fear of it continuing.
“I would encourage anyone who has information about drug crimes or the death of Robbie Morrison to come forward.”