Eight arrested and cocaine worth £225,000 seized following raids

Police targeted eight properties in Edinburgh in a series of raids over county lines drug activity.

Eight men arrested and cocaine worth £225,000 seized following raids in Edinburgh iStock

Eight men have been arrested and cocaine worth £225,000 seized following a series of raids in Edinburgh targeting county lines drug activity.

On Tuesday, Police Scotland supported by the Metropolitan Police targeted eight addresses in Edinburgh and two in London.

Officers from Edinburgh also worked with colleagues in the Highland and Islands Division as part of the investigation, looking into wider links in the Inverness area.

Cocaine worth up to £225,000 was seized over the course of the day along with up to £30,000 in cash.

The eight men, aged between 41 and 21, were arrested and charged in connection with various drug and immigration offences.

They are all due to appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Wednesday, September 6.

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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