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Action to tackle drugs issues continues

By David Porter

Targeted action to rid communities of illegal drugs continued throughout November in the north-east, with 150 people charged in connection with drug-related offences.

Significant quantities of 'crack' cocaine, cocaine, heroin and cannabis were also seized as a result of numerous drug search warrants being executed across the region, as well as almost £10,000 in cash and other drug paraphernalia

Cannabis with a street value of £142,000 was seized from an industrial unit in Cuminestown, while £37,000 worth of Class A and B drugs were recovered during an intelligence-led search at Aberdeen Ferry Terminal.

Detective chief inspector Finn McPhail said: "Thanks to valuable intelligence and action taken by Police officers, £40,000 worth of drugs were also seized on November 14 when a vehicle was stopped on the A90 near Stonehaven.

"It is this type of dynamic enforcement action that allows us to take more substances off our streets and out of the hands of vulnerable people, and I therefore urge the public to continue telling us your information about drug misuse so that we can protect even more people.

“Executing drug search warrants, bringing offenders to court and recovering illegal substances takes place every day across North East Division to tackle the sale and supply of controlled substances, and activity will continue over the festive period.

"Work also continues to protect the vulnerable people who may have come to harm as a result of drug-related criminal activity, aswell as wider work in conjunction with our partners to ensure there is a holistic approach to substance abuse.

"If you think you can get away with dealing drugs and bringing misery to our communities, think again.

"We can’t do this on our own though and will continue to rely on intelligence from members of the public to identify and target the properties and people who pose most risk.

"If you have information about drug misuse I urge you to contact Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 if you would prefer to remain anonymous."

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