Two held in custody after major police raids

A total of 170 police officers were involved in Friday's raids which saw 22 people arrested
A total of 170 police officers were involved in Friday's raids which saw 22 people arrested
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Two men were remanded in custody following brief court appearances in connection with major police raids in the Capital.

The pair were among 22 men and women who were arrested by police during the Operation Amyloid day of action on Friday.

Mark Richardson, 28, appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on a charge alleging that he intentionally obstructed police officers while exercising their powers for searching under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971. He was remanded at HMP Glenochil.

Grant Reid, 21, was in the dock to face accusations of attempting to smuggle drugs into a prison.

He also faced a charge of being concerned in the supply of drugs, and was remanded at HMYOI Polmont.

Another three people charged with drugs offences were released on bail to their Edinburgh addresses.

A further 15 people detained as part of Operation Amyloid are due to appear in court at a later date or have been reported to the procurator fiscal.

Friday’s productive raids saw £100,000 of heroin seized while other dealer quantities and a quarter kilo of cannabis were also recovered.

The News joined police on the biggest co-ordinated operation in Edinburgh for several years, which also saw £10,000 in cash seized.

A total of 170 officers – made up of local and specialist 
resources – descended on 22 residential properties and two commercial businesses in the Liberton, Gilmerton and Craigmillar areas.

Later on Friday, police swooped on the Liberton Inn and arrested two revellers.

One was wanted on an outstanding warrant, and another was reported for drugs possession.

It had been reported that the pub was closed for the remainder of the weekend, however it is understood that the venue had reopened on Saturday.

Detective Chief Inspector Kenny Gray, who oversaw Friday’s action, said: “Operation Amyloid involved several months of garnering vital intelligence from our local communities in relation to numerous offences, including drug crime. We utilised all of this information to carry out enforcement activity across the south east of Edinburgh on Friday, resulting in several arrests and a significant quantity of drugs and cash being seized.

“I am delighted with the success of this operation and would like to thank the public for all of their support.

“Initiatives such as Operation Amyloid can only make a positive impact on the local community if those who live and work within the region come forward to report ongoing criminal activity and that’s exactly what has happened in this instance.

“Anyone who would like us to investigate any concerns they have in relation to crime can contact us on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”