British Transport Police (BTP) officers have seized £4,000 worth of crack cocaine at Edinburgh Waverley as part of national efforts to tackle drug smuggling.
Over the last week officers with specialist drug dogs made several arrests for drug offences at the station, including the four-figure seizure.
A 19-year-old was arrested for possession of the class A drug with intent to supply and a 16-year-old for possession of an offensive weapon after being found carrying a knuckle duster.
Three people were also safeguarded from criminal exploitation.
The operation was part of BTP’s county lines taskforce to tackle drugs on the railway network and to protect children and vulnerable adults from being exploited by gangs into selling or moving drugs.
In Edinburgh, BTP officers have made four seizures totalling in excess of £40,000 since June.
BTP Sergeant Pete Wilcock said: “The taskforce continues to be very active and continues to crack down on violent crime and the trafficking of drugs on the railway network.
“Our priority is always safeguarding vulnerable people from criminal exploitation and during this operation we were able to put this into action with three individuals.
“We have been carrying out successful operations in Scotland through working in partnership with Police Scotland and other law enforcement agencies for a common purpose to protect vulnerable children and adults from exploitation.
“This continued partnership will ensure we can safeguard any vulnerable or exploited person and reduce crime on the railway.”
Taskforce lead Detective Superintendent Gareth Williams said: “Our experience has proven that gangs who use the railway network rely on younger people to move drugs.
“These individuals are victims, forced through exploitation or intimidation into desperate situations, and it’s always our priority to make support available that can get them out of harm and away from crime.”