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Police seize cocaine during Western Isles drugs raid

24 November 2017

Western Isles police have recovered a quantity of cocaine during a raid on a property in Stornoway.


The islander will be reported to the procurator fiscal at Stornoway for potential court action.


A 21-year-old man has been charged in connection with the incident said Police Scotland.


The raid at a town centre address which took place earlier this month was one of 16 drug recoveries in the past four weeks across the north of Scotland.


Activity by Police Scotland officers resulted in seizures in the Inverness, Shetland, Ross-shire, Lochaber, Badenoch and Strathspey areas.


The activity resulted in tens of thousands of pounds worth of illegal drugs being intercepted before they were sold on.


The Stornoway seizure was small compared to notable recoveries at mainland addresses.


Some £25,000 worth of heroin, Ecstasy, cocaine and cannabis was found in two properties in Inverness, resulting in a 31-year-old man being reported to the fiscal.


Another search in a different house in the Highland capital discovered a £3000 haul of heroin and crack cocaine.


Heroin valued at approximately £1,600 was recovered from a house in the Muir of Ord area resulting in a 57-year-old woman being charged.


Detective Chief Inspector Michael Sutherland said: "We work every day of the year to intercept drugs bound for the streets of the Highlands and islands and these recoveries are just the latest example of that.


"We will never become complacent and the the information we receive on a daily basis shows that we have the support of our communities in tackling the trade in illegal drugs.


"We are grateful to everyone who helps by providing us with information - none of these recoveries would be possible without your help.


"We will always act on intelligence and will use it to take drugs off the streets and report anybody suspected of being involved in this illegal trade.


"Our message to those intent on dealing drugs is simple - keep looking over your shoulder because you could be next on our list."