Drugs worth £500,000 seized in police property raids

Police have carried out a series of drug raids. Picture;  Steven Scott Taylor/JP License
Police have carried out a series of drug raids. Picture; Steven Scott Taylor/JP License

Drugs with a street value of nearly half a million pounds have been seized by police during a drugs raid in the Capital.

Two people appeared in court yesterday after officers discovered nearly £500,000 worth of heroin, cocaine and cannabis in two properties in the west of the city.

The haul, which included just under 5kg of heroin, follows a search of two houses – one in Redford Road and another in Oxgangs Street – last Friday afternoon.

It marks the latest raid under Police Scotland’s on-going drugs crackdown known as “Operation Eagle”.

Detective Inspector Alan O’Brien, from Gayfield CID, said his team was delighted with the latest find.

He said: “It’s a significant recovery for us and is part of the on-going investigation into drugs supply in Edinburgh.

“We have been told by the public in Edinburgh that it’s an issue for them so we will continue to target drugs where we can.”

Det Insp O’Brien said the magnitude of the haul was one not seen every day, saying his team would continue their efforts to disrupt the flow of drugs in the Capital.

He added: “Police Scotland has a zero tolerance policy towards drug-related offences and we will continue to deal with any offences reported to the police using every resource at our disposal.

“Tackling the supply of drugs, and the often devastating consequences it has on our communities, is a top priority and we will continue to take action to identify those involved in drug-related crime.

“The public can assist greatly in helping police tackle drug-related offences and I would urge anyone with information to come forward by contacting Police Scotland on 101 or contact the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

Police charged a 25-year-old man and a 29-year-old woman under the Misuse of Drugs Act following Friday afternoon’s swoop. Both appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court yesterday.

Elaine Aitken, Conservative councillor for Colinton/Fairmilehead, said it was good to see the drugs taken off the streets of the local community.

She said: “Everybody in the community will be delighted but it’s important that we keep working with the police to give them as much information and evidence to ensure that this work can continue.

“We always encourage people even if they don’t want to phone the police to use Crimestoppers. We understand the police rely on evidence and information from members of the community.

“To take any drugs, and particularly such a significant amount, off the streets will be very welcome.”