Toryglen raids did not lead to arrests
Three drugs raids in Toryglen failed to uncover enough information to make a single arrest.
The operation at flats in Toryglen, Glasgow, involved teams of plainclothed and uniformed officers ramming the doors of people named repeatedly in our sister paper the Daily Record’s expose on rogue Valium pills.
Despite the move, officers could not find enough information to make a single arrest.
It had previously been reported that six people in the scheme had all died within nine months of each other.
Their deaths have been linked with the deadly drugs.
Margo Welsh, 41, Arlene Chapman, 33, Graham Murphy and Christina Craig, both 43, Lizzie Malone, 44, and Stephen Prete, 45, died between April last year and January.
One source said:“There must have been at least 10 cars and vans involved and several cops were holding battering rams, which were used to put in doors.
“After the stories about the spate of deaths, police went round reinterviewing the families of those who died.
“They were given the same names again and again, because everyone knows who the dealers are.
“They didn’t do anything about it the first time round but the pressure has been on.
“There has been a lot of anger amongst the local people about these dealers.
“The problem is that dealers have been lying low because there’s obviously a lot of heat right now.
“They would have to be stupid to be holding pills in their homes so soon after the stories were on the front pages.”
The fake blue Valium pills made and distributed by gangsters, via a network of local dealers.
One of those, Linda Charleston, 33, caused anger by appearing to express sympathy over friends who died – while continuing to sell the pills herself.
The deaths happened in First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s constituency and she contacted police chiefs to demand action.
Drug workers fear the pills have played a part in hundreds of deaths.
But neither the Scottish Government nor Police Scotland have issued warning notices about street Valium.
And despite the raids on Monday, police have never held a press conference to highlight the menace.
A Police Scotland spokeswoman said yesterday:“At around 8am this morning, officers under warrant searched three properties in the Toryglen area.
“No-one has been arrested and the searches proved negative.”