Liberton Inn targeted during series of drugs raids in city

The Liberton Inn. Picture: TSPL
The Liberton Inn. Picture: TSPL
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TWO revellers were arrested after police carrying out a series of drugs raids across the Capital stormed a pub.

The surprise swoop on the Liberton Inn on Friday night was part of the ongoing Operation Amyloid.

Local residents reported extensive police activity outside the Kirk Brae venue from around 9pm.

A 34-year-old man found inside the pub was arrested on an outstanding warrant, while another drinker, aged 25, was reported to the Procurator Fiscal for drugs possession.

More than 170 officers were involved in the raids on Friday, following months of intelligence gathering.

They targeted 22 addresses across the Liberton, Gilmerton and Craigmillar areas, seizing £100,000 of heroin, further dealer quantities of the Class A drug and various paraphernalia.

A quarter kilo of cannabis worth £2000 was also recovered from a property in Niddrie.

Fourteen men and six women, aged between 19 and 48, were arrested in addition to the two men questioned at the Liberton Inn on Friday night. They are due to appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court today.

A 27-year-old woman was also reported to the Procurator Fiscal in connection with an offence under the Misuse of Drugs Act.

During the operation, £10,000 in cash was seized from various addresses while two other business premises were also visited by police and other agencies.

Detective Chief Inspector Kenny Gray, from the organised crime and counter terrorism unit, said: “This operation has been the culmination of months of intelligence gathering, but I want to make it clear that it isn’t over.

“Police Scotland will continue to target those involved in serious and organised crime throughout Edinburgh.”

His colleague Detective Inspector Graeme Naysmith told the News that Operation Amyloid aimed to prompt a “ripple effect” across the Capital.

Labour Liberton/Gilmerton councillor Keith Robson said: “The results from Operation Amyloid are great news for our local communities. They show that when people do report drug dealing and other criminal activities in our communities action is taken.

“I would like to pay tribute to everyone involved in the operation. I would also encourage people to continue to report criminal behaviour.”

Fellow ward representative, Tory councillor Nick Cook, said reports of organised crime in the district were “troubling”.

He added: “High visibility activity by the police is welcome, but I think it’s imperative that we move to reassure residents as quickly as possible.”

No-one at the Liberton Inn was available for comment.