Drugs worth up to £163,000 seized during police operation

Properties in four locations have been searched in the past week, resulting in multiple arrests and charges.

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Drugs with an estimated value of up to £163,000 have been seized across Argyll and West Dunbartonshire as part of an ongoing operation. 

Operation Valterra has seen drugs seized from properties in four locations, resulting in multiple arrests and charges over the last week.  

Cocaine and a large quantity of tablets suspected to be etizolam were seized from a property in Clydebank on Tuesday September 21. 

Two men both aged 34 were arrested and charged following the discovery. 

Meanwhile on Wednesday September 22, a property in Renton, West Dunbartonshire was searched and amphetamine and thousands of tablets suspected to be diazepam were recovered.

A 49-year-old man and 53-year-old woman are both subject of a report to the Procurator Fiscal. 

On Saturday September 25, a 18-year-old man and a 17-year-old girl were arrested and charged after herbal cannabis and a large quantity of cash was found at a property in Lochgilphead.

And on Monday, September 27, officers recovered herbal cannabis, cocaine, ecstasy tablets and a large quantity of cash from a property in Clydebank.

A 23-year-old man was arrested and charged. 

Detective Chief Inspector Douglas Wilson said: “This was a significant recovery of controlled drugs which will now not make it to our streets. Targeted action like this should send a very clear message that this type of illegal and harmful activity will not be tolerated and that we are committed to tackling the issue.

“Criminal behaviour like this spreads harm and misery and we are committed to detecting and disrupting those intent on bringing drugs into Argyll and West Dunbartonshire and enforcing that this type of behaviour will not be tolerated.” 

“We can’t tackle this alone though. We rely on the support of the public to build intelligence on drug-related issues. I would urge anyone who is aware of any information about the supply of drugs to report the matter to police.” 

Those with information should contact police on 101, or anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.