Borders drugs operation arrests made
Published: 4th Jul 2012 16:07:21
More than 100 police officers have taken part in raids across the Borders as part of a major drugs operation.
Homes in Galashiels, Selkirk, Kelso and Hawick were targeted and 11 arrests made in Operation Goal.
Heroin, valium and cannabis were also recovered and a £3,000 cash seizure made.
Det Ch Insp Amanda McGrath said the operation was the culmination of six months of "extensive investigations into drug dealing" in the region.
Nine men and two women have been arrested and charged under the Misuse of Drugs Act.
After the raids, community police officers were to join representatives of NHS Borders and Scottish Borders Council to offer support and guidance to anyone affected by the operation.
If you or your family are involved in substance misuse, this is an opportunity to change your life”
A leaflet detailing the action was to be distributed within communities and provide contact numbers for local police, social work, housing departments and rehab centres.
DCI McGrath said: "With the valued information from the public and support from our partner agencies in bringing this initiative together, my officers have been able to gain vital evidence and information, which has successfully led to the arrest of these individuals.
"We are committed to listening to our communities concerns and putting in place targeted operations to keep the Scottish Borders a safe place to live, to work and to visit."
Dr Eric Baijal, director of public health for NHS Borders, said the initiative continued the good work being carried out in the region to prevent substance misuse.
"The message is simple," he said.
"If you or your family are involved in substance misuse, this is an opportunity to change your life.
"Help is available and there is a range of confidential support services available for adults and young people across the Borders who wish to seek help for a drug problem."
Council leader David Parker said the authority had been pleased to be part of the operation.
"Enforcement is obviously a key issue but that is not all that is required," he said.
"We need to make sure people are well supported and that they know drug taking is not a route they have to go down."
At 08:02:46 in HeadlinesAn "immediate ceasefire" in Ukraine must be the priority for key negotiations taking place on Monday, Russia's foreign minister has said.
At 08:00:52 in EnglandMore than 30 firefighters are tackling a blaze at a landfill site in Dorset.
At 07:56:29 in ScotlandSkin cancer cases have increased two-and-a-half fold over the last 30 years but survival rates have also soared, according to researchers from Glasgow.
At 07:55:14 in HeadlinesPakistan's national television channel has been taken off air after its headquarters were stormed by anti-government protesters in Islamabad.
At 07:54:08 in Northern IrelandThe Stormont Assembly is hopeful it has found a buyer for Ormiston House, a building in Belfast that was costing the taxpayer almost £3,000 a week.
At 07:48:10 in EnglandA motorcyclist has died after crashing while riding on the slip road of a motorway in Hampshire.
At 07:46:22 in EnglandA motorcyclist has been killed in a crash after appearing to lose control, Kent Police said.
At 07:45:04 in WalesSpeed restrictions signs have been put up outside half the schools in Flintshire in time for the start of the new term with the remainder due to be complete by October.
At 07:44:31 in SportBradford Bulls have signed Salford Red Devils winger Danny Williams on a two-year deal.
At 07:43:31 in BusinessA single, larger hub airport where passengers can transfer to a range of destinations - is "critical" to the UK's long-term economic growth, says the CBI.
Harvard CitationBBC News, 2012. Borders drugs operation arrests made [Online] (Updated 4th Jul 2012)
Available at: http://www.ukwirednews.com/news/1438658/Borders-drugs-operation-arrests-made [Accessed 1st Sep 2014]
News In Other Categories
Under Milk Wood is an acknowledged radio classic. Dylan Thomas's dramatic masterpiece was first broadcast in January 1954 and almost nobody involved is left alive. But to mark the poet's centenary the original sound effects man has been persuaded to return to rattle the teacups one last time.
Bradford Bulls have signed Salford Red Devils winger Danny Williams on a two-year deal.
An "immediate ceasefire" in Ukraine must be the priority for key negotiations taking place on Monday, Russia's foreign minister has said.
With the doors to its brand new £1million training centre officially open, one of the UK's leading apprentice training providers, Bristol based S&B Automotive Academy, is showcasing its world-class facilities by launching a series of foreign student exchanges for the first time in its 41-year history. To get a flavour of what life is like as an apprentice in the UK, the Academy hosted 16 apprentice engineers and bus drivers from the G9 Automotive College in Hamburg, Germany, as part of a Europe-wide vocational training initiative called the ‘Leonardo Programme’ with support from the European Social Fund. In a reciprocal arrangement, S&B will be sending nine apprentices to Germany during February 2012 so that they can get an appreciation of life in the automotive industry on the Continent. A further three German exchange groups are being planned for next year. Designed to assist the development of vocational skills and training across Europe, including work placements for trainees, the Leonardo Programme has a budget of €1.75bn, which is helping to encourage UK organisations to work with their counterparts abroad. In what is expected to be another challenging year for employers in the UK automotive sector, S&B’s Chief Executive, Jon Winter, claims that the exchange initiative will bring many benefits to the Academy and its apprentices: “In a world of global automotive brands, it’s important for our learners to understand the international context of the industry they have chosen to make their career. This new exchange programme will enable apprentices and Academy staff alike to achieve a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities within the automotive arena in Europe. With the Academy’s influence also extending to the USA and Asia, there’s every possibility that this initiative could move further afield in the future.” Continued Winter: “The need for skilled technicians across the world is on the increase and we actively encourage our apprentices to look at broader horizons during their training. Many of them have already learned the phrase ‘Vorsprung durch Gelehrtheit’, quite simply, ‘Advancement through learning.” In the 2010/11 academic year, S&B doubled the number of successful Apprenticeships over the previous year with some 350 apprentices graduating from the Academy. At the same time, achievement levels reached an all-time high with an overall success rate of 85%. For those learners on the Advanced Apprenticeship three-year programme, success rates were even higher, at over 98%. PHOTO CAPTION: As part of their exchange visit, S&B Automotive Academy arranged for the German apprentices to visit Hampshire bus operator, Bluestar, at its Barton Park depot. The students are pictured with S&B’s Andy West (3rd right) and Steve Prewett, Bluestar’s Area Engineering Manager (2nd right). Ends http://www.sandbaa.com
Negotiations between the Tories and Lib Dems are expected to continue ahead of the unveiling of a new plan to tackle the threat of Islamic extremists.
Alana Saarinen loves playing golf and the piano, listening to music and hanging out with friends. In those respects, she's like many teenagers around the world. Except she's not, because every cell in Alana's body isn't like mine and yours - Alana is one of a few people in the world who have DNA from three people.