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Millions in cash and assets seized

The results of one of the biggest police enforcement operations in Scotland, the 'Made from Crime' campaign, to be released.

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Police say Made from Crime campaign "deliberately designed to be ambitious and tenacious"

Police have been targeting people believed to be living the high life by profiting from crime across the East of Scotland this week.

They have describe the operation as one of their biggest operations ever carried out and have seized more than £3million of assets.

The campaign was launched in January by Lothian and Borders Police, Fife Constabulary and Central Scotland Police.

"This campaign was deliberately designed to be ambitious and tenacious and target criminals who believed they could live lavish lifestyles from the proceeds of crime.

"The response we had from local communities throughout the intelligence gathering phase was fantastic and showed that they were not prepared to tolerate criminality in their area.

"The months of planning for the enforcement phase have paid off throughout the past few days and we are delighted with the results, which is a fantastic start for the new Specialist Crime Division."

"Criminals have no regard for boundaries and borders and the SCD is giving us increased flexibility to go where they go, and target them where they operate in a leaner, meaner and sharper way.

"We will work with our partners in the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service to ensure those arrested in connection with the operation are faced with the full force of the law, and we will also work with the Scottish Government to ensure the money we have seized can be put back into communities.

"This is not the end of our activity and I would appeal to people to continue to come forward with this vital intelligence so that we can actively pursue those living beyond their means. We will not stand for criminality in our communities in Scotland."

– Detective Superintendent David Gordon, Head of Serious Organised Crime for the Specialist Crime Division in the East of Scotland

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