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Three Kilmarnock men charged in connection with allegedly supplying cannabis and cocaine

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Three men from Kilmarnock have appeared in court in connection with the recovery of almost £5,000 of drugs at Aberdeen Ferry Terminal.

Officers arrested the trio on Thursday alleging they had attempted to transport class A and B drugs worth an estimated £4,600 to Orkney and Shetland.

The discovery of illegal drugs at the terminal followed an operation by Borders’ police officers, a police dog unit and detectives.

William Christie, 39, Robert McLean, 27, and Charles Townsley, 30, appeared in Aberdeen Sheriff Court yesterday in connection with drug supply offences.

Christie was accused of committing the offence while on bail, while Townsley was also charged with carrying a bladed weapon.

All three made no plea and were remanded in custody for further investigation. They are expected to make a second appearance at the court within seven days.

Detective Sergeant John Lumsden, of Aberdeen CID, said: “Tackling illegal drugs and removing them from our communities is a priority for Police Scotland.

“Part of that is targeting the transport routes used to courier drugs in and out of the north-east – the ferry terminal in Aberdeen being one of those.

“We will carry out disruption tactics like this as often as we can to stop criminals bringing harm and misery to our communities.

“We rely on the support of the public to build intelligence on drug-related issues so that we can act on their concerns.”

Anyone with information about the supply of drugs should call police on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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