Man bailed on drugs charges after van search

A 28-year-old Fife man appeared in private on petition from custody at Selkirk Sheriff Court on Tuesday after being arrested the previous day and charged under the Misuse of Drugs Act.

Jamie Thomas Pike, of Lochgelly, made no plea or declaration to charges alleging that he was involved in the supply of diazepam tablets.

It follows the search of a van on the A7 just outside Selkirk on Monday when police say they discovered 28,000 diazepam tablets, with an estimated value of £28,000.

Pike was committed for further examination of the evidence and released on bail by Sheriff Kevin Drummond.

A police statement said the arrest had been the result of “an intelligence-led operation”.

“Our officers continually monitor all roads in the Force area and any vehicle believed to be involved in crime will be subject to a full search,” said a spokesperson.

“We will not tolerate our roads being used to transport drugs or other illegal materials and anyone found to be involved will be robustly dealt with.

“As always, the intelligence we receive from the public helps ensure potentially harmful drugs can be seized before they reach our communities.

“Anyone who wishes to report drug crime in their area can contact their local policing team or report the matter anonymously, via the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”