Two homes in Fraserburgh were targeted by Police Scotland officers last Friday (April 11) in relation to drugs. The warrants were carried out by the Aberdeenshire and Moray Division.
Leader of the division, Detective Inspector Stewart Drummond had invited the media along to witness the first warrant being carried out.
Throughout the process, the detective stressed the importance of members of the public playing their part in making the area a safer place to live and work.
“We can say that, in general, the area doesn’t have a problem with organised crime groups and it’s a safe area to stay in,” he said.
The operations on Friday were part of an ongoing effort to get drug dealers off the streets. In the last two months, drugs with a potential value of £270k have been recovered and numerous people, in turn, reported to the procurator fiscal.
Inspector Drummond continued: “We’re in Fraserburgh today, but we operate anywhere in the area with the intention of interrupting and deterring them from their criminal activities.
“We’re mindful of the drugs coming to the area by any means. That’s why we’ve got all these specialised units within Police Scotland that work with us, such as the roads policing unit.”
Getting members of the public to be vocal with helping to crack down on drug related crime, however, remains a problem.
“Sometimes, there’s a reluctance to become involved, but if there’s any information with suspicious activities, or suspicions of any other crime, Crimestoppers is there to report that anonymously.
“Police Scotland and partner agencies work hard to keep our community safe, so we would ask communities to work with us and provide that information,” he added.
Police Scotland can be contacted through telephone number 101, or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Read the full story in The Fraserburgh Herald this Thursday.