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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.


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

Two die in Borders car crash

Police are appealing for witnesses after two people died in a car crash in the Borders on Friday.

The 24 year driver of a silver Toyota Corolla car died at the scene, along with a 23 year old passenger.

The collision happened around 3:40pm on Friday afternoon on the A6105 Duns to Greenlaw Road.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Police Scotland.


Scottish police warn motorists ahead of drink-driving change

Police Scotland has released a video warnings motorists about the change in the law that will see Scotland have a lower drink-driving limit, drivers who have had a drink and cross the border are in danger of breaking the law.

Be safe on Black Friday

People are being reminded to be careful when shopping on Black Friday.

In America, Black Friday is the first Friday after Thanksgiving in the US that kick-starts the Christmas season. To celebrate many American stores offer lots of heavily discounted one-day deals, but usually it’s only on one or two big star products.

Read: What is Black Friday?

It's a day which is becoming increasingly popular in the UK.

Police Scotland have issued the following advice:

  • Use cash machines in well lit, non-secluded areas and stay alert.
  • Check the machine hasn't been tampered with, hide your PIN, beware of who is behind you and keep your cash out of view.
  • When you're out Christmas shopping, you might not realise how much all the presents you're carrying are worth - look after your shopping bags and don't leave them out of view.
  • If you're driving to the shops, park your car in a busy, well-lit area.
  • Don't keep any presents you've bought in the car for longer than you have to and always keep them out of view.
  • Ensure your bag in closed and not easily accessible when not being used.

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Car drives on pavement towards 14-year-olds

Witnesses are being asked to come forward after a car drove along a pavement in Dumfries towards a group of 14-year-olds.

The incident happened around 1.35pm on 26th November on Rosevale Street. Police say that seven 14-year-old pupils from St Josephs College were walking on the pavement when a small, dark blue coloured car, in the style of a Toyota Auris, drove along the pavement towards them, before pulling off and driving off at speed.

It follows an earlier incident which took place outside the Spar shop on Rosevale Street where the driver of this vehicle had spoke with the boys.

The driver is described as:

  • Being between 5’9” and 6’ tall
  • Skinny build
  • Between 50/60 years of age
  • Short grey
  • Untidy hair
  • Local accent
  • Wearing dark rimmed glasses, a mid length light coloured jacket and jeans.

“Thankfully no-one was injured in this incident, however it could have been a catastrophe. I am appealing to anyone who can help us identify the driver of this vehicle to call us on 101, or indeed the driver himself to come forward to explain his actions.”

– Constable Stephen Easthill, School Liaison Officer for St Josephs
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