Two arrested after drugs and money seized during police raids in Hawick

A man and woman have been arrested in Hawick as part of a series of raids targeting organised crime and drug supply in the Borders.

Monday, 25th July 2016, 8:18 am
Updated Monday, 25th July 2016, 10:22 am
Hawick police station.

Plain-clothed officers, including specialist search teams from across the east of Scotland, executed search warrants at three homes, a garage and a licensed premises in the town on Friday, July 22.

After the co-ordinated raids, prompted by a tip-off, a 28-year-old man and a 25-year-old woman were charged with supply of a class-A drug and will appear in court in due course.

A five-figure sum of money was also seized by police.

Inquiries are said to be ongoing to trace further suspects in connection with hoards of class-A and C drugs found during the raids, part of Operation Gatekeeper, an initiative launched to tackle serious and organised crime.

Chief Inspector Andy McLean, a local area commander based at Hawick police station, said: “We will not tolerate any individual who is involved in the supply of controlled substances, and through co-ordinated activity such as Operation Gatekeeper, we will continue to target those responsible for drug crime and bring them to justice.

“A significant amount of class-A and C drugs have now been removed from our streets, which is to be welcomed, and I can assure the public that any information passed to us in relation to drug activity will be acted on appropriately and handled in a discreet manner.

“If you want to report or have information relating to offences in your area, contact Police Scotland on 101 or make an anonymous report to the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.”