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Cocaine seized as police probe Inverness links to eight Edinburgh arrests

By Andrew Dixon

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Police during a previous raid.
Police during a previous raid.

Edinburgh police worked with north colleagues to look into wider links in the Inverness area as they arrested eight men and seized cocaine worth up to £225,000.

Officers conducted a so-called day of action in Edinburgh yesterday targeting county lines drug activity – a practice where people aim to flood other areas with drugs.

It focused on eight addresses in Edinburgh and two in London, with support from the Metropolitan Police.

Police also seized up to £30,000 in cash.

The eight men, aged between 21 and 41, were arrested and charged in connection with various drug and immigration offences. They are all due to appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court today.

Detective Superintendent Iain Ramsay said: "We are committed to identifying the supply chain which brings drugs into Edinburgh and disrupting the activity of people intent on bringing harm to our communities.

"The county lines model shows crime does not respect borders.

“Activity such as this cross-border operation shows the benefit of working closely with partner agencies in response to concerns raised by local communities, as well working with colleagues across Police Scotland.

"Intelligence is the lifeblood of investigations such as this. Communities should not have to tolerate the damage caused by drugs and I would urge anyone with information which can help us deal with those responsible to pass this on.

"If anyone has any concerns regarding the abuse of controlled drugs, or anyone who may be involved in the supply of controlled drugs, they are urged to contact police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

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