Drugs and cash discovered following routine Elgin car stop

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POLICE IN MORAY have recovered drugs valued at almost £10,000 as well as cash approaching £19,000 after a vehicle was halted in a routine patrol in Elgin.

A white Volkswagen Golf was stopped on Young Street in the early hours of Sunday morning due to concerns for the driver’s behaviour.

It was during subsequent enquiries – including a search at an address in the Maisondieu Place area of the town – that cocaine, cannabis and ecstasy were recovered along with the cash and other drug paraphernalia.

24-year-old Gavin Mitchell was been charged with alleged drug and road traffic offences and appeared at Elgin Sheriff Court yesterday, where he made no plea or declaration before being released on bail.

PC Brian Donaldson of the Divisional Alcohol Violence Reduction Unit – which led enquiries – said: “This proactive action has infiltrated a significant quantity of drugs which could have been bound for our communities.

“Although this action was led by officers during routine patrols on this occasion, I would like to stress once again that we regularly rely on information from the public to target our resources to the right places at the right times.

“I would encourage people to continue reporting any information or concerns they have about potential drug activity to Police on 101, 999 if it is an emergency or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 if you would prefer to remain anonymous.”