Houses have been searched, arrests made, and over £23,000 worth of drugs taken off the streets in Newton Stewart.
Local police have increased their activity in relation to drugs in the town after concerns were raised by the public.
Nine houses have been searched under drugs search warrants, 18 street searches carried out using Misuse of Drugs legislation, ten of which resulted in the recovery of illegal drugs.
Ten people have been arrested and reported for being involved in the illegal supply of drugs, 16 have been reported for being in possession of illegal drugs.
The recovery of drugs with a street value in the region of £23650 has been made and £2040 cash recovered.
Some of the drugs recovered include Heroin, MDMA (ecstasy), Cannabis Resin. Herbal Cannabis, Diazepam and Methadone.
Newton Stewart Police Inspector Gavin McHallum said: “The public may have noticed an increase in drugs activity by local police officers in and around the Newton Stewart area and I would like to emphasise that this is not as a result of a drugs epidemic but more in response to answering concerns raised by the community and delivering on our local priorities. Officers have reported that a number of local people have voiced concerns regarding the amount of drug abuse there is within our community and the detrimental impact this is having. Substance misuse has also been identified as one of our local priorities and we have made a promise to tackle those who bring harm to our communities.
“Activity like this is only possible with the assistance of our communities and I must thank those who have stood up against people involved in this horrible crime and reported suspicious activity to us. I also believe that there are a large number of people in our community who could assist us further in this battle and I would ask that these people come forward with information.
“There is no doubt that we are aware of some of those involved in this illegal trade but we don’t know everybody or every detail in relation to their illegal activities. If you witness something of concern please report your observations to us and do not automatically assume that we know about this. To enable us to take action against those involved in drugs supply we absolutely must have the assistance and backing of our communities. WE NEED YOUR INFORMATION.
“It might be that you have neighbours, friends or maybe even family involved in this despicable trade and you will witness suspicious activity on a daily basis, and I understand that when it is as close to home as this that there are some difficult decisions to be made as to whether or not you contact the Police. However, I would ask that you take the following into consideration when thinking about these decisions:
“Those involved in the Illegal supply of drugs demonstrate an utter disregard for the consequences of plying this trade and they don’t care how this impacts on others, bringing nothing but pain and misery to our communities. They are responsible for ruining so many lives and the break-up of families and all they care about is lining their pockets with ill earned cash or in some cases funding their own drug habits. Some of them are making huge amounts of money and leading lavish lifestyles from their illegal activity.
Anyone who has any information that can assist the Police in this battle can report this by attending at Newton Stewart Police Station, calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, where you can remain anonymous if wished. Through the Police Scotland website “Contact Us” page and by calling 101.