More arrests as police step up blitz on drugs

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Police continued their 
crackdown on drug 
dealing in East Dunbartonshire with another raid in 
the Kirkintilloch area.

Two men were arrested and hundreds of pounds worth of heroin and cannabis seized after officers swooped on three houses in Eastside.

Local police, with assistance from the divisional violence reduction unit, were involved in the intelligence-led operation and sniffer dogs were used.

The raid on Friday, June 12, follows on from a major drugs bust last month in Kirkintilloch and Lenzie, led by the area’s new divisional commander, Chief Inspector Craig Smith.

More than £20,000 worth of drugs were discovered at six separate addresses at Scott Wynd, Rose Street, Newdyke Road and Waterside Road in Kirkintilloch and Stoneyetts in Lenzie.

Chief Inspector Smith told the Herald tackling drug dealing in the community was a top priority and would not be tolerated.

Commenting on the day of the latest raid, he said: “Five weeks ago I sent out a very strong message to those involved in drug dealing within our communities that such behaviour would not be tolerated and that this operation was by no means be a one off.

“Today’s intelligence-led operation was again a reminder that we are very much listening to the concerns of the local community and will continue to target those that are involved in this type of crime.

“I hope today’s operation provides reassurance to the local community that we are committed to keeping people safe.

“By taking positive action we will use the full power 
of the law to arrest those responsible for dealing drugs within our local communities.”

In the latest raid, a 26-year-old man was detained and charged with alleged intent to supply heroin. He appeared at Glasgow Sheriff Court on Monday, June 15, and was released on bail.

The second man was aged 38 and charged with alleged intent to supply heroin and allegedly possessing cannabis.

He is due to appear at Glasgow Sheriff Court some time in July.

Chief Inspector Smith added: “Again I would encourage anyone with information relating to drug dealing within the local community to 
contact their Community Policing Team either in person or by telephoning 101.”

Alternatively information can be passed anonymously to Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111.