Police have seized drugs with an estimated street value of almost £200,000 in a series of raids in Aberdeen. The operation was part of an ongoing effort to tackle drug misuse and supply in the city.
Drugs, cash and weapons recovered
The raids took place on Thursday and Friday at various locations across Aberdeen. Police recovered heroin, cocaine, cannabis and other substances, as well as cash and weapons. The total value of the drugs seized was £198,000, according to police.
Detective Inspector Allen Shaw said: “This is a significant recovery of drugs that were destined for our communities. We are committed to disrupting the activities of those involved in serious and organised crime, and drug supply is a key part of that.”
He added: “We rely on information from the public to help us target those who profit from the misery of others. I would urge anyone who has any concerns or suspicions about drug dealing in their area to contact us on 101 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”
Six people arrested and charged
As a result of the raids, six people were arrested and charged with various offences relating to drug supply. They are expected to appear at Aberdeen Sheriff Court in due course.
Detective Inspector Shaw said: “These arrests and charges send a clear message that we will not tolerate drug dealing in our communities. We will continue to work with our partners and the public to identify and pursue those who are involved in this criminality.”
He also thanked the public for their support and cooperation during the operation. He said: “We appreciate the patience and understanding of the residents and businesses affected by our activity. We are grateful for the information and assistance we receive from the public, which helps us to target those who cause the most harm.”
Drug misuse concerns in Aberdeen
The raids come amid ongoing concerns about drug misuse and its impact on health and crime in Aberdeen. According to the latest figures from the National Records of Scotland, Aberdeen had the third highest rate of drug-related deaths in Scotland in 2022, with 93 fatalities.
The city also had the highest rate of drug-related hospital admissions in Scotland in 2021-22, with 1,038 cases. This was an increase of 14% from the previous year, and more than double the national average.
In response to these challenges, the Aberdeen City Alcohol and Drug Partnership (ADP) has been working to improve the provision and coordination of services for people affected by drug misuse. The ADP has also been engaging with the public and stakeholders to develop a new strategy for tackling drug issues in the city.
Graeme Simpson, the chair of the ADP, said: “We recognise that drug misuse is a complex and multifaceted issue that requires a collaborative and holistic approach. We are working hard to improve the outcomes and experiences of people who use drugs, their families and communities, and to reduce the harms associated with drug misuse.”
He added: “We welcome the efforts of the police and other partners to disrupt the supply of drugs and to bring those responsible to justice. We also encourage anyone who is affected by drug misuse, either personally or through someone they know, to seek help and support from the available services.”