Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

Arrests made and drugs seized during Operation Advance

Crack cocaine
Image caption About £2,000 worth of crack cocaine was recovered during the raids in Edinburgh

More than 100 police officers have raided the homes of suspected gangsters who have allegedly been trying to flood Edinburgh with crack cocaine.

Police said 15 people have been taken into custody and about £2,000 worth of crack cocaine, heroin, herbal cannabis and cash has been seized.

Operation Advance followed a six-month covert operation to gather evidence in Leith.

A number of men are expected to appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Thursday.

Ch Supt Gill Imery, of Lothian and Borders Police, said: "We have taken action to target people who thought they could come into our communities, deal Class A drugs and bring misery to the lives of many.

"The steps we have taken today are the culmination of six months hard work to disrupt and detect those allegedly responsible.

"We became aware there was increased use of crack cocaine in the north of the city and our serious organised crime unit was recording increased seizures of the drug."

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