Arrests in drugs operation
THREE people have been arrested following police raids as part of a crackdown on drug dealers. Police have revealed the additional arrests – which bring the total to 23 since Friday – through Operation Corner. Between Friday and Sunday, police raided 12 properties in Fraserburgh and Peterhead, with a number of people charged in connection with alleged drugs offences. Officers spent 10 weeks running a covert operation spying on drugs groups before using the intelligence to take suspects off the streets. The focus of their wideranging probe is so-called “cuckooing” offences – where people owing drug debts have their homes taken over by gangs who use it to sell or store illicit substances. Police are also targeting “county lines” offences – where organised crime groups from cities such as Liverpool, Birmingham or Manchester send people to the north-east to deliver or deal drugs. Those leading the investigation stressed some of those caught up in raids will be victims exploited by gangs. As a result, police are being helped by health and anti-drug and alcohol organisations to support them.
Police raid a house in Fraserburgh