NINE suspected drug dealers were arrested last Tuesday after police carried out raids on homes in Mintlaw and Fraserburgh.
Grampian Police launched the early morning and late evening raids on eight homes as part of a Grampian wide crackdown on drug dealing.
Illicit drugs including heroin, amphetamine and methadone were seized from the addresses, including homes at Fraserburgh’s Queen Mary Street and Station Road in Mintlaw.
More than £450,000 in illegal drugs have been seized from homes across Grampian over the past four weeks as part of the anti-drug dealing Operation Shield.
The ongoing operation aims to target particular areas and transport routes in and out of the Grampian area.
Leader of the operation Detective Chief Inspector Malcolm Stewart said that the seizures re-affirm Grampian Police’s commitment to reducing the harm caused by drugs and serious organised crime.
He said: “We are determined to protect the people of the north east from serious organised crime.”
“Those involved often live outwith the area and are intent on only one thing – making money regardless of the misery they bring to communities. These people are taking great risks in an attempt to turn a profit and we will continue to track them down and bring them to justice.”
“But our local communities have a crucial role in helping us beat these criminals as well.”
“Experience tells us that these people often use taxis, set up short-term lease agreements with local landlords and stay in hotels or guest houses. We are keen to speak to anyone who feels they may have information about how drugs are being transported into the Grampian area or about drugs being sold within their community.”