Crackdown uncovers drugs and weapon stash in North Glasgow

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DRUGS and a cache of weapons have been seized during a day of action to crack down on crime and anti-social behaviour.

Strathclyde Police charged eight people with offences including drugs possession, bypassing an electricity meter and breach of the peace, and reported 14 to the procurator fiscal during the Operation Neptune day of action in Royston.

Officers handed out three fixed penalties for street drinking, took two cars off the road and carried out road block searches of 84 vehicles as part of the morning event.

An operation by plain-clothes officers to tackle drug dealing at high-rise blocks in Royston also resulted in a 47-year-old man being arrested for possession of 26g of heroin, supply of the substance to another and possession of a knife.

A 40-year-old man was also arrested for possession of class A and B drugs and a 44-year-old man was charged during the Royston day of action after officers found an imitation firearm, stolen goods and a cache of weapons in his home.

Community planning officer Constable Chris Murphy, of Baird Street Police Office, said: “It was a very successful morning.

“We had over 50 officers in the area with two messages.

“We want the community to feel safe and we also want to give the message to anyone involved in criminality in the Royston area that it will not be tolerated and that we will continue to robustly target those involved.”

Action to target the sale of counterfeit DVDs and clothing at Blochairn Market has also been held as part of the B division campaign.

A 26-year-old woman was charged with selling counterfeit DVDs during the operation, which was carried out in partnership with SEPA, Trading Standards and the Federation Against Copywrite Theft. Trading Standards also found fake clothing for sale in an intelligence-led strike on vehicles known to operate illegally within markets in Glasgow.

Constable Murphy added: “The operation within Blochairn Market was carried out with the full assistance and co-operation of the market itself. We found persons involved in the sale of counterfeit DVDs and clothing.

“We will continue to work closely with the managers within Blochairn to ensure we can assist the market in its aims to provide a family- friendly and crime-free environment for all who attend every Sunday.”

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