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Second person arrested in Galashiels drugs bust

Police Scotland says a second person has been arrested and charged with drug offences in the Scottish Borders as part of the ongoing Operation Gatekeeper.

Dealer quantities of heroin were recovered during a police rain at an address in Galashiels on Monday, March 28. A number of diazepam tablets and other drug related items were also found.

A 28-year-old man will be reported to the Procurator Fiscal and appear in court at a later date.

Operation Gatekeeper was launched to tackle all forms of drug crime across the Scottish Borders and actively target those responsible for the production and distribution of harmful substances.

Once again, vital information from the public resulted in the successful recovery of heroin and a male will face drug charges at court.

We will continue to work alongside our relevant partner agencies and local communities to identify those responsible for drug crime and bring them to justice.

– Detective Inspector David Fyvie from the Lothians and Scottish Borders Proactive Unit

Anyone with information is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Three men charged in connection with Kendal Calling drug death

Credit: ITV Border

Three men have been charged with drugs offences that connects to a death at the 2015 Kendal Calling festival.

Michael Mountfort, aged 42, of Oak Drive, Denton, Manchester, was charged with conspiracy to supply a Class A controlled drug.

Luke Nathan Fraser, aged 21, Oakfield Grove, Manchester, was charged with conspiracy to supply a Class A controlled drug and supplying a Class B controlled drug.

Simon Chapman, aged 21, of Race Grove, Millom, was charged with conspiracy to supply a Class A controlled drug.

Christian Pay, aged 18, from Millom, who died on the 31 July 2015 Credit: Cumbria Police

The three men were arrested as part of an investigation into the death of Christian Pay, aged 18, from Millom, who died on the 31st July 2015.

All three are expected to appear before North Cumbria Magistrates Court on Tuesday 9 February.

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Photos: 'biggest ever' heroin seizure in Cumbria

Four men have been jailed for a total of 43 years, after Cumbria Police's biggest ever heroin raid.

Heroin and cannabis were seized. Credit: Cumbria Police
Heroin and cannabis were seized. Credit: Cumbria Police
Heroin and cannabis were seized. Credit: Cumbria Police

At Carlisle Crown Court today (September 11 2015):

  • Gary Duncanson, 52, The Crescent, Cummersdale, Carlisle, was sentenced to 20 years in prison for conspiracy to supply heroin and cannabis
  • Aaron Fuller, 35, of Atkinson Crescent, Carlisle, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for conspiracy to supply heroin and cannabis
  • David Hales, 47, of Thirlwell Gardens, Carlisle, was sentenced to 7 years 4 months in prison for conspiracy to supply heroin and cannabis
  • Paul Smith, 30, of Doric Street, Liverpool, was sentenced to 6 years in prison for conspiracy to supply heroin

Teen's second court appearance after 'pink tablet' incidents

Police have released images of pink tablets believed to be connected to the hospitalisations. Credit: Police Scotland

A teenager from Hawick has appeared in court for the second time, after ten young people were hospitalised after taking an unknown substance.

Jamie Thomson, 19, faces a charge of culpable and reckless conduct.

He made no plea or declaration in a private appearance at Selkirk Sheriff Court and was fully committed for trial.

He was released on bail by Sheriff Peter Paterson, and the date for his next court appearance is still to be confirmed.

Last week ten teenage boys, all from Hawick and aged between 14 and 18, fell ill after consuming what police described as a pink-coloured tablet.

They were all treated at Borders General Hospital and later discharged.

Police release pictures of dangerous 'Pink Pills'

Police have released images of pink tablets believed to be responsible for a number of casualties. Credit: Police Scotland

Police Scotland have released images of the notorious 'Pink Pills' which are believed to have caused a number of casualties in the Scottish Borders.

Several young people have experienced adverse effects after consuming an unidentified pink tablet, leading to ten hospitalisations and two arrests in connection with the incident.

Jamie Bonnor Thomson, has been charged with culpable and reckless conduct, while Connor Jackson, 18, was arrested just 24 hours after being released from hospital for possession of a knuckle-duster.

All of the people hospitalised were male, and between the ages of 14 and 18.

In the interest of public safety we have today issued an image of this as yet unidentified substance.

There may be more of these pills in circulation in the Hawick area, and possibly even farther afield, and I would ask people to please be vigilant and to contact police if you are offered this pill or have information relevant to our ongoing enquiries.

Likewise, anyone who has consumed this pill and who feels unwell, or knows anyone who appears unwell after taking the substance is asked to please seek medical attention as soon as possible.

– Detective Inspector Steven Bertram of Police Scotland.
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