A SERIES of co-ordinated early morning drugs raids have seen police officers arrest three people and seize heroin worth thousands of pounds.
Acting on tip-offs from the public, police swooped on several houses in Midlothian yesterday, and later revealed they had arrested three people and seized more than £3000 worth of heroin.
The bust saw around 50 officers from across Scotland – some with “enforcer” battering rams – target six houses in the small village of Bilston and another in Penicuik.
But the occupants of one house in Bilston had left the door open, allowing specialist support units to rush in without using it.
“We always check to make sure it isn’t locked first,” said one officer.
A young woman claiming to be a relative arrived minutes later but was warned to calm down or face being arrested for breach of the peace. The Scottish SPCA seized an “extremely emaciated” English bull-terrier from a house with a sticker saying “A Dog is For Life, Not Just for Christmas”.
A 37-year-old man and a 35-year-old woman living in the same house in Penicuik have been charged with supplying heroin, while a 52-year-old man from Bilston been charged with possession of amphetamine. Police have also confirmed that a 41-year-old man and a 37-year-old woman from Bilston are under investigation following allegations they are involved in the supply of drugs.
PC Kris Burns of Police Scotland described it as “tremendous result”, adding: “We have taken into custody two males and a female for various drug offences and removed a substantial amount of Class A drugs from our streets. This demonstrates that Police Scotland is committed to targeting the sale and supply of drugs in our communities.”
Chief inspector Kenny Simpson, area commander for Midlothian, stressed that Operation Polycon had been based on information provided by the public.
He said: “The aim and objective is to remove Class A and Class B drugs from the streets. Tackling drug-dealing is a key priority both locally and nationally for Police Scotland.
“We hope that this operation shows the community that we are taking this seriously and that we are addressing their concerns in an effort to keep people safe. This sends out a clear message to those involved in drug-dealing that we will bring them to justice.
“It hopefully provides the community with the reassurance that they need and, more importantly, shows that we are acting on the information that they give us.”
The police urged anyone with information about this incident, or who want to report drug offences to contact Police Scotland on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.