To­ry­glen raids did not lead to ar­rests

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Staff re­porter

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.”

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