Javits takeaway denies drug dealing as police raid

The raid on Javits takeaway was part of an ongoing inquiry into organised crime, police said. Picture: Ian Georgeson
The raid on Javits takeaway was part of an ongoing inquiry into organised crime, police said. Picture: Ian Georgeson
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A TAKEAWAY boss today said he was left bewildered by a police raid on his business and insisted he was not involved in drug dealing.

Javit Duman said he was still trying to find out why a team of officers spent four and a half hours searching his premises on West Granton Road.

Police chiefs confirmed that the swoop on Javits takeaway was part of an “ongoing inquiry into suspected serious and organised criminality in the north of Edinburgh”.

Mr Duman denied that the premises was involved with “drugs or anything criminal”, and said he was consulting lawyers.

The 43-year-old businessman said the raid had been sparked by malicious phone calls to police claiming that the takeaway was linked to drug peddling.

A police spokesman confirmed that no-one was arrested during the operation, which was carried out at 11.30am on Friday.

Mr Duman said: “The police said that somebody had been phoning them over the last two weeks while I’ve been away on holiday. They were phoning with complaints about the business getting used for drugs.

“I was not at the business at the time and I’m not sure how many officers were involved. The police came to my home to ask me about it. They said they had suspicions because of the phone calls. There were no arrests and nothing was found.”

Mr Duman said he was still in the dark over the reasons for the drug dealing claims.

He added: “We don’t know why someone would make these complaints. We’re trying to find out why and who they are.

“We’re very successful. It could be someone who is trying to cause us problems.

“It’s a well-established business. We’ve been open since 1996 and we’re a place that everyone in the area knows.”

The takeaway was short-listed for the best takeaway prize at the Scottish Entertainment Guide Awards last year.

In 2005, Mr Duman was praised for sponsoring youth football team AS Craigleith under-16s and buying their kit for the season.

A Police Scotland spokesman said: “We can confirm that officers carried out a search of a business premises in West Granton Road on Friday, August 23 as part of an ongoing inquiry into suspected serious and organised criminality in the north of Edinburgh.”

Police have enjoyed great success in recent years identifying and targeting organised crime gangs operating in the Capital. Officers arrested nine gang leaders between April 2011 and March last year, while 17 firearms were recovered and drugs worth £2.4 million were seized.

Friday’s raid followed the launch of a high-profile campaign earlier this year urging the public to report criminals living lavish lifestyles.