34-year-old in court over £80,000 heroin haul seized by police in Galashiels

A 34-year-old man has appeared in court in connection with a haul of heroin valued at £80,000 seized by police in the Borders.

Friday, 24th January 2020, 3:37 pm
Updated Friday, 24th January 2020, 3:41 pm
Wood Street in Galashiels.

John Dickson, of Coatbridge in North Lanarkshire, is charged with being concerned in the supply of the class-A drug.

That alleged haul of heroin was found after police officers stopped a van in Wood Street in Galashiels yesterday afternoon, January 23.

David Rourke, a sergeant in one of the Borders' two council-funded police community action teams, said: "We are committed to disrupting the trade in illegal drugs and tackling those who deal in them.

"We will not tolerate it, and neither will our communities.

"We are grateful for the support we have from members of the public who provide the intelligence which helps us take drugs off our streets before they can cause further harm.

“This is a significant recovery, and the operation involved Scottish Borders community action team, roads policing, operational support division and local Borders officers."

Dickson made no plea during a private hearing at Jedburgh Sheriff Court, and the case was continued for further examination.

He was released on bail until his next court appearance on a date yet to be confirmed.