Cocaine and firearms seized in Falkirk after drug busts

Addresses were raided by police in Bainsford, Bonnybridge and Camelon
Addresses were raided by police in Bainsford, Bonnybridge and Camelon

Six men were arrested for drugs and firearms offences following drug busts on houses in Bainsford, Bonnybridge and Camelon.

Substances including cocaine, diazepam and cannabis with a street value of over £9000 were confiscated from the homes in Affric Drive, Thornton Avenue, Burnside Court and Union Road along with £3000 in cash during the raids on Friday (September 4).

The raids were part of Forth Valley Police Division’s Operation Core following concerns from the public.

The operation is a four-month campaign that will tackle violent crime, the sale and supply of drugs and road safety and police say it has already delivered “strong results”.

In addition, five men were also reported to the Procurator Fiscal for drug offences while another person has been reported for road traffic offences.

Chief Superintendent John Hawkins, Divisional Commander for Forth Valley, said: “Operation Core is our response to the concerns the public highlighted to us and we are committed to focusing on these three priorities; tackling violent crime, the sale and supply of drugs and road safety.

“This has been a strong start for Operation Core, which has resulted in the arrest of a number of key individuals in the Forth Valley area.

“However, we recognise that our work does not stop. We will continue to actively target those committing crime and causing disruption in our communities and will work tirelessly to bring them to justice.”

Chief Inspector Mandy Paterson said: “Looking at road safety, officers have been focussing patrols on the A803 which runs through the area from Banknock to Champany junction near Blackness.

“Disappointingly six drivers were caught breaking the speed limit. Following a collision on Saturday afternoon at the Champany junction a 19-year-old man was arrested for drink driving. He appeared at court on Monday and was banned from driving for 18 months. “Drink driving and road safety will remain a key priority for officers, if you know people who regularly drink drive then let us know.”

She added: “Another aspect of Operation Core is looking at the use of vehicles in an antisocial manner. We regularly get complaints about the driving manner of people congregating at the Kelpies and Central Retail Park.

“Warnings under the antisocial behaviour act will be given and if you receive a second warning then you risk having your vehicle seized.”

Anyone with concerns over violent crime, drugs and road safety should contact police on 101. Police are also updating progress on Operation Core on Twitter with the hashtag #OpCore.