£16k worth of drugs found in latest raids

Grampian Police officers in Buchan have carried out the latest phase of Operation Hotspur – a multi-agency approach to tackling illegal drugs in Aberdeenshire.

Over the past four days, officers have executed 13 drug search warrants in Banff, Macduff, Fraserburgh and Peterhead. As a result, around £16,000-worth of drugs were seized, including cannabis, diazepam, Mcat, crack cocaine and heroin. Most encouragingly, eight people were referred to the Community Substance Misuse Service.

The main focus of the operation is tackling harm within communities through direct action and providing opportunities for drug and alcohol users to access services and to assist in changing their lifestyle, moving away from substance misuse and criminal activity.

The operation was carried out with partner agencies, Turning Point (Scotland), Aberdeenshire Substance Misuse Service and Aberdeenshire Council.

Detective Constable Kevin MacDonald said: “This latest phase of Operation Hotspur demonstrates how determined we are to making Aberdeenshire a safer place for everyone. No one agency can do this alone and working with our partners is a much better option if we wish to break the cycle of offending associated with drug misuse.

“Although drugs raids form an important element of Operation Hotspur, it is also extremely important that we offer support and advice to people who want to break free of drug addiction and create a better life for themselves. We are encouraged that a number of people took up our offer of receiving additional support.

“As today’s activity demonstrates, in Aberdeenshire we are committed to working together to make sure our area remains one of the safest in the country.

“It is the very few that often stigmatise entire communities and, with the overwhelming support of local people, we are able to carry out this vital work to make our communities a safer place to live and work.”

If you have information relating to drugs or any other crime, you can contact Grampian Police on 0845 6005700 or, if you wish to remain anonymous, by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.