Moray is not immune to national drugs crime groups

Major drugs raid carried out in Elgin
Major drugs raid carried out in Elgin

MORAY IS NOT immune to organised crime groups operating throughout Scotland according to a senior police officer behind a major drug-busting operation in Elgin last week.

Police teams that included officers from Aberdeen, Inverness and Fraserburgh were involved in an operation that targeted dealers who are believed to have been supplied by Merseyside-based drugs gangs.

Homes in Bishopmill, Morriston Road and Mossend Place in Elgin were subjected to simultaneous raids on Friday morning that netted supplies of heroin, cannabis, diazepam and what was described as an “alarming” cache of weapons.

“The focus was on people who engage in drug dealing activities,” Chief Inspector Stewart Mackie said, adding: “Communities throughout Scotland have organised crime groups working in them – and although Moray is a relatively safe place it is not immune to that.”

Leading the raids in Elgin that led to six men being arrested was Inspector Paul McCruden who said the nine drugs warrants in total were executed. He said: “They recovered supplies of cannabis, heroin and what we would term as a ‘dealer quantity’ of diazepam.

“Hopefully people in Elgin have seen what we are doing and recognise that if they tell us people are dealing drugs we will act on the information.”