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More than £4.5m worth of drugs seized in Scotland over three months

Significant hauls included £1 million worth of tablets seized from an address in Midlothian (PA)
Significant hauls included £1 million worth of tablets seized from an address in Midlothian (PA)

Police officers seized more than £4.5 million worth of drugs in Scotland over a period of three months earlier this year, according to a new report.

The figure was contained in Police Scotland’s latest performance report covering the second quarter of 2023/24 detailing drug discoveries between July and September.

It said activity over the period included two men being arrested and charged after a pill press and nearly one million tablets with a street value of £1 million were seized from an address in Midlothian.

Other notable activity included searches in Monifieth and Dundee seeing around £950,000 of drugs – including diazepam, heroin and cocaine – being recovered and two men being arrested.

Officers also arrested and charged another two men in Aberdeen after cannabis cultivations worth around £800,000 were discovered.

Detective Chief Superintendent Dave Ferry said: “Police Scotland is committed to disrupting the activities of organised criminals, who trade in misery by selling and supplying illegal drugs, and making Scotland a hostile environment for them to operate.

“Our role, working in partnership with other others including the members of the country’s Serious Organised Crime Taskforce, is vital in preventing these drugs reaching our streets and adding to the terrible toll of drugs deaths.

“Activity detailed in the latest Performance Report underlines our commitment to reducing the harm caused to individuals, families and communities.

“The seizures will impact the activities of those involved and help keep our communities safe.”