Ar­rests in drugs op­er­a­tion

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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

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