Drugs and weapons found in Falkirk cop operation

Drugs warrants being executed as part of Operation Portsea
Drugs warrants being executed as part of Operation Portsea
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Tough tactics by cops helped uncover a stash of drugs and offensive weapons and led to the arrest of four people.

An operation on Tuesday morning targeted known violent offenders.

Weapons found in one flat included seven knives, ranging from a pen knife to a foot-long blade, and a baseball bat.

Officers also recovered £568 in controlled drugs and £320 in cash.

One person with an outstanding warrant against them was also caught.

Properties searched included premises in Cullen Terrace, Bainsford; Buchanan Court, Newcarron; Carmuirs Avenue, Camelon; and two in High Street, Bonnybridge.

Part of Operation Portsea, which was launched last week to tackle the problem of violent offenders on the streets and in the home, it has already seen 29 people arrested for offences or with unpaid outstanding fines.

Over £7600-worth of controlled drugs have been taken off the streets and £3200 of illegal cash seized.

Chief Inspector Alan Waddell, Falkirk area commander, said his community officers had received considerable support from Police Scotland’s alcohol and violence reduction unit, along with drugs experts.

He said: “This joint approach meant that our officer numbers in the Falkirk area were significantly bolstered which undoubtedly had a positive influence on the 

The chief inspector reassured the public “Falkirk is an extremely safe place” with violent offending reduced considerably in most of the district and 100 fewer victims in the last year.

He added: “Operation Portsea was a response to concern we had regarding a slight increase in the number of serious assaults recorded in the Falkirk North area.

“However, this gave us an opportunity to demonstrate that violence of any kind will not be tolerated in Falkirk or Forth Valley and to specifically target these offenders.”