Early morning raids unearth £20,000-worth of drugs

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Police arrested eight people and seized more than £20,000 worth of drugs in a major raid across the Kirkintilloch area.

They swooped on six houses in five streets in the early morning drugs bust last Thursday and Friday.

Drugs seized at addresses at Scott Wynd, Rose Street, Newdyke Road and Waterside Road in Kirkintilloch and Stoneyetts in Lenzie ranged from cannabis to heroin.

Dozens of local officers with assistance from the divisional violence reduction unit were involved in the intelligence-led operation and sniffer dogs were used.

The operation was led by the area’s new divisional commander, Chief Inspector Craig Smith, who told the Herald tackling drug dealing in the community was a top priority and would not be tolerated.

Chief Inspector Craig Smith said: “Our operation was intelligence-led and was about sending out two very clear messages.

“The first message was to those involved in drug dealing within our communities. This behaviour will not be tolerated in any form and we will continue to target those involved in the illicit drugs trade.

“The second message was to the local community, to let people know we are listening to their concerns.

“I am aware tackling drug dealing within your community is a priority and today’s operation demonstrates our commitment to keeping people safe and to address the 
issues you identify to us.

“Today’s operation is by no means a one-off and we will continue to listen to your concerns and take positive action.

“I would also encourage anyone who has information about drug dealing within the local community to contact their local community policing team either in person or by telephoning 101.

“Alternatively, contact Crime Stoppers where 
you can report any information anonymously on 0800 555 111.”