County arrests as police swoop on drugs gang
Published: 27 Aug 2013 07:000 comments
The 32-year-old Alva man was nicked on Thursday at the culmination of a 10-month operation that has seen 21 people arrested, including several from Clackmannanshire. He was due to appear at Falkirk Sheriff Court on Friday.
Over the past year, 12 houses have been targeted by Police Scotland's Organised Crime and Counter Terrorism Unit East Command.
Properties in the Wee County, Clydebank, Falkirk and Fife were raided in connection with the supply of cannabis resin, diazepam and amphetamine.
More than £50,000 in cash and £200,000 worth of drugs have been seized so far.
Detective Inspector Douglas Telfer, of the Organised Crime and Counter Terrorism Unit based in Stirling, said, "Since the start of the operation, 21 people have been arrested and this latest development has seen the man we believe to be responsible for leading this serious organised crime group brought to justice."
Among the arrests include a
28-year-old man and 31-year-old woman from Alloa who appeared at Alloa Sheriff Court in June, and a 35-year-old Alloa woman and a 25-year-old Kincardine man who appeared at Falkirk Sheriff Court in July.
A 27-year-old Lochgelly man, a 33-year-old woman and a 26-year-old man, both from Clydebank, and a 61-year-year-old man from Glasgow have also all appeared at court in connection with the criminal mob.
The operation has spanned the central belt from Lothians and Fife to Clydebank, led by officers from the Specialist Crime Division of Police Scotland.
DI Telfer added, "This emphasises the modern era of policing in Scotland, where a number of police officers have come together from different areas to vigorously pursue criminals who cause the greatest harm to our communities and those that assist them in their criminal enterprise.
"This shows that we will continue to act on information received and urge the public to keep working with us to provide information."