‘No items seized’ in drugs swoop on council bin lorry depot

A woman has been charged over the incident.
A woman has been charged over the incident.

Drugs police searched a council bin lorry depot yesterday after a tip-off thought to include dealing at the site.

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The Evening News understands officers searched the Russell Road refuse collection centre, Dalry, in a joint operation with the city council.

Bosses are believed to have called in police after being told of workers using and supplying cannabis and cocaine. No arrests were made or drugs seized.

An eyewitness said about 15 officers and three sniffer dogs were involved in a two-hour operation.

Up to 100 bin men coming off shift were filed past officers and asked if they had “anything” on them.

They were then patted down and had any bags searched before walking past two dogs.

A police spokeswoman said: “Police in Edinburgh are conducting joint intelligence-led search activity at a premises in Russell Road, with the support and cooperation of our partners at the City of Edinburgh Council.”

“An investigation has been carried out at Russell Road depot, in collaboration with Police Scotland, as a result of serious allegations made to the council,” said a council spokeswoman. “Staff are aware of the investigation.”

“Police in Edinburgh conducted joint intelligence-led search activity at a premises in Russell Road on Wednesday April 5, with the support and cooperation of our partners at the City of Edinburgh Council.

No individuals were searched or questioned, with the activity focusing on premises and vehicles, and no items were seized.”