Police raids in Falkirk take total arrests to almost 30

Police have spent the last three days carrying out raids in Forth Valley
Police have spent the last three days carrying out raids in Forth Valley

For the third day in a row, Forth Valley Police have carried out raids across the area.

Eight raids took place in Falkirk, Camelon, Alloa and Tullibody yesterday (Thursday) morning.

This resulted in five more arrests for drug offences, taking the total to 27 in the past three days.

Officers also seized quantities of cannabis and diazepam along with a range of weapons including, a Samurai sword, baseball bat, crowbar and a conductive energy device.

Operation Core has been operational since September and previously resulted in 52 arrests and the recovery of over £175,000 worth of drugs.

Chief Superintendent John Hawkins, Divisional Commander for Forth Valley said: “For three consecutive days we have actively targeted local drug dealers throughout our division and have recovered a range of harmful substances before they could be distributed within our communities.

“This strand of Operation Core has been a great success, but this is only because of the vital information that the public have provided us with.

“Local residents across Forth Valley have made it perfectly clear that they will not tolerate drug dealers in their community and neither will we. Whenever we receive intelligence relating to drug crime we will utilise all resources at our disposal and respond accordingly.

“Over the course of these three days we have been greatly assisted by our partners in the health sector and the three local authorities. They have played a pivotal role in signposting those with addiction issues to the appropriate support channels and providing expert advice and guidance on a range of other issues.

“I would like to thank everyone involved for their dedication, professionalism and continued commitment to helping us build safer communities within Forth Valley.”