More than 100 police officers made several arrests and seized over £16,000 worth of drugs in a series of raids last week codenamed Operation Archerfish.
On Thursday, police squads carried out eight house searches in Galashiels, Hawick, Kelso and Selkirk.
Following the morning’s raids – the largest undertaken in the Borders during the last two years – officers recovered cannabis and other suspected controlled drugs. A total of £1,200 cash was also seized and two men, aged 32 and 34, were arrested, a police spokesperson told The Southern.
A 34-year-old man appeared at Jedburgh Sheriff Court on Friday, charged on petition with being concerned in the supply of illegal drugs and with possession of an illegal drug.
Police are also seeking another male in relation to a cannabis cultivation and further inquiries are being carried out.
A police spokesperson added: “The activity has seriously disrupted the drug supply networks within the Borders area and has removed a significant quantity of controlled drugs with a street value in the region of £3,750. Further activity is planned over the coming weeks.”
On Friday, in the second stage of Archerfish, officers carried out searches at six more houses within the region, and three outwith the Borders.
A vehicle was also stopped and searched, with a kilo of Class B drugs recovered. A 31-year-old man appeared at Selkirk Sheriff Court on Monday.
Three other persons are being reported to the procurator fiscal for alleged possession and production of Class B drugs.
A police spokesperson told us: “This activity removed a significant quantity of controlled drugs with a street value in region of £12,800. A further £2,900 in notes was also recovered.”
Scottish Borders Area Commander Chief Inspector Andrew McLean added: “Thursday’s successful operation was the start of a long-term plan to tackle drugs use and supply throughout the region. 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.”
Dr Eric Baijal, joint director of public health for NHS Borders and Scottish Borders Council, said: “Many local people will not think there is a significant drug problem in the area, however NHS Borders and other agencies in the 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.”
Detective Chief Inspector Stephen Healy, Specialist Crime Division, said: “This operation was devised due to feedback from the local community. Over 100 officers took part, 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 is a key priority for Police Scotland.
“We need more information from the public in order to stop these criminals. Those with information can contact police on 101 or anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”