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Man bailed on cocaine charge

A LERWICK man has been released on bail after appearing at the town’s sheriff court charged with drug offences.

Paul Grant, aged 24, was arrested after police stopped his car in Lerwick at 8.20pm on Saturday and found suspected cocaine with an estimated street value of £1,300.

On Monday he appeared in private at Lerwick Sheriff Court where he made no plea or declaration and was released on bail.

This is the third drugs arrest in the town in the past week, after two 45 year old men were charged when large quantities of cannabis and amphetamine were found on Wednesday and Thursday.

Innes Irvine, of Lerwick, made no plea or declaration after appearing in private on Thursday and a second man, yet to be named, was released from custody and is expected to appear in court this week.

Police have vowed to continue targeting those involved in the illegal drugs trade after claiming to have seized drugs with a street value of more than £75,000 since the start of the year.

Chief inspector Angus MacInnes thanked the public for providing information that has led to arrests and seizures and officers who have worked long hours to clamp down on the local drug trade.