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'Especially vigilant' Community Wardens could be finding more needles

Authorities in Dumfries and Galloway are investigating a 40% rise in the number of discarded needles found in the region.

They say it's currently unclear whether there are in fact more syringes, or whether the increase is due to "especially vigilant" Community Wardens being more effective at finding them.

Man admits to carrying £200,000 worth of drugs on M74

A man found carrying 400,000 diazepam tablets after he was stopped on the M74 has appeared at Dumfries Sheriff Court.

Jamial Lal, also known as Akmal Yaqubhad, had drugs worth up to £200,000 in his possession while travelling on the northbound carriageway, near Beattock, on 30 April 2014.

Background reports have been ordered on the 33-year-old from Walsall, in the West Midlands, who admitted committing the offence.

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40% rise in discarded needles in Dumfries and Galloway

More than 650 needles were found discarded across the region Credit: ITV Border

There has been a rise in the number of syringes discarded by drug users across Dumfries and Galloway.

Six hundred and fifty-six needles were found across the region for the year 2014/2015, an increase of 40% on the previous year.

A report prepared for Dumfries and Galloway Council also reveals that there has been a 32% increase in the number of complaints about the issue.

Six arrested after drugs raids

Heroin and cannabis were recovered. Credit: PA

Six people have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply controlled drugs, after police searched a number of properties in Carlisle.

The police executed the warrants late on 26 March, as part of an operation targeting drug supply.

Heroin and cannabis with an estimated street value of £200,000 was recovered.

The people arrested:

  • A 30-year-old man from Liverpool.
  • A 34-year-old man from Carlisle.
  • A 37-year-old man from Carlisle.
  • A 41-year-old woman from Carlisle.
  • A 46-year-old man from Carlisle.
  • A 51-year-old man from Carlisle.

Our advice to heroin users is do not suffer with heroin dependency alone. As well as your GP we have strong partners in the community who can assist with helping you.

Unity alcohol and drug recovery service can be contacted on 01228 882299 for the Carlisle area or 01768 861280 for the Penrith area. Cumbria Alcohol Drug Advisory Service (CADAS) which provides drug & alcohol services to individuals, family members & communities to support recovery can be contacted on 0300 111 4002.

Anyone with information into the supply of controlled drugs should contact police on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

– Temporary Detective Chief Inspector Andy Hill

Man arrested and charged after £4000 of cocaine found

£4000 of cocaine was seized in Galashiels Credit: PA

A man has been arrested and charged under the Misuse of Drugs Act after police in Galashiels recovered Class A drugs yesterday,

A volume of cocaine with a potential street value of £4000 was found in a vehicle seized from an address in St Andrews Street.

The 27-year-old man has been reported to the Procurator Fiscal and will appear in court at a later date.

Major drugs operation leads to arrest

A Galashiels man has made a private court appearance following a major drugs operation involving more than 100 police officers in the Scottish Borders.

Raymond Russell, 34, was charged with being concerned in the supply of a controlled drug to another person and also drug possession.

He made no plea or declaration at Jedburgh Sheriff Court and his case was continued for further examination. Russell was released on bail pending his next court appearance on a date yet to be confirmed.

He was arrested and charged along with a 32-year-old man as part of Operation Archerfish on Thursday which targeted people being suspected of being involved in the sale of and supply of drugs.

Police Scotland say they are also looking for another man in connection with a cannabis cultivation.

8 houses in Galashiels, Hawick, Kelso and Selkirk were searched on Thursday as part of Operation Archerfish, which targeted people suspected of being involved in the sale and supply of drugs.Cannabis was recovered, as well as other suspected controlled drugs.

A total of £1200 cash was seized, with drugs with a street value in the region of £3750.

More than one hundred officers were involved in what's being called the biggest operation in the Borders in the past two years.

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Two men arrested in Borders drugs operation

Two men have been arrested and charged under the Misuse of Drugs Act, after a major operation in the Scottish Borders.

The men, aged 32 and 34, will appear at Jedburgh Sheriff Court tomorrow morning. The police are searching for another man.

Eight houses were searched as part of Operation Archerfish, which targeted people suspected of being involved in the sale and supply of drugs.

Cannabis was recovered, as well as other suspected controlled drugs.

A total of £1200 cash was seized, with drugs with a street value in the region of £3750.

More than one hundred officers were involved in what's being called the biggest operation in the Borders in the past two years.

"This operation was devised due to feedback from the local community.

"Over 100 officers took part in today's executive day of action and we have sent a strong message to those in our community who peddle harmful substances to the public.

"However our work does not stop today. Tackling drug crime and drug misuse as a key priority for Police Scotland. "We need more information from the public in order to stop these criminals."

– Stephen Healy, Detective Chief Inspector, Specialist Crime Division

Police Execute Operation Archerfish

A major drugs operation has been undertaken in the Scottish Borders.

Operation Archerfish was conducted this morning at various addresses in Galashiels, Hawick, Kelso and Selkirk. The operation is the culmination of long process of intelligence gathering, which has allowed police to target people who distribute drugs in the local community.

Around 65 police officers took part in today’s operation, which is a proactive initiative by Police Scotland to address concerns in the local community. The organisation is eager to target those involved in the sale and supply of drugs in the Borders with a significant day of enforcement.

Police will be distributing information about the illegal use of drugs, and how it can be reported, in Galashiels town centre in the afternoon. There will be highly visible patrols on duty throughout the day.

Police Scotland is also working with the Scottish Borders Council and NHS Borders to negate any impact of this operation.

“Today’s successful operation is the start of long-term plan to tackle drugs use and supply throughout the region.”

“This operation was successful due to the multi-agency approach that we have taken to address this issue. We are deploying a large amount of resources to the Borders with the explicit aim of tackling drug misuse and distribution.

“The sale and use of illegal substances is a scourge on our community and is a top priority for Police Scotland. We will not tolerate this type of anti-social behaviour in the Borders and we will continue to hold those who peddle drugs in our community to account.”

– Scottish Borders Area Commander Chief Inspector Andrew McLean

“The Community Planning Partnership, of which NHS Borders and the Council are part of, fully supports the action taken by Police Scotland today in tackling drug crime in communities in the Scottish Borders.

“Many local people will not think there is a significant drug problem in the area, however NHS Borders and other agencies in the Scottish Borders are at the front line and see the impact of substance misuse on a daily basis.

“Drugs have a devastating impact on people’s health, well-being and life in general, and we have a range of confidential support services available for adults and young people. Being vigilant in your own community towards this activity can help tackle this destructive crime.”

– Dr Eric Baijal, Joint Director of Public Health for NHS Borders and Scottish Borders Council

£314,000 worth of drugs seized on M6

Police have seized thousands of pounds worth of drugs from a car on the M6.

The quantity of cannabis resin that was found has a street value of £314,000.

Paul Howard, 46, from Birkenhead, Merseyside, was stopped by officers on the motorway near Carlisle yesterday, Tuesday 13 May, at 11:30am.

He is expected to appear at Carlisle Magistrates Court today, Wednesday 14 May.

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