TWO people were found in possession of illegal drugs in Whalsay last weekend following a search of numerous properties on the island, according to the police.
It is understood that, acting on intelligence, police also searched one or more family homes where no traces of drugs were found – leaving the occupants bemused as to why they had been searched.
One mother was left to give her three young children their dinner on the bathroom floor while police extensively searched the rest of the property.
Police in Shetland said that, as is standard practice, they had acquired search warrants where there was “reasonable cause to suggest that there was evidence relevant to a crime within the addresses”.
A spokesman said that as part of a misuse of drugs operation in Whalsay on Friday (16 September), the warrants were sought on the basis of information provided by the local community and searches were conducted at “a number of addresses”.
The two individuals founded in possession of personal amounts of controlled drugs had been “dealt with accordingly”, the spokesman said, but police have not responded to two requests from Shetland News to clarify whether they are to be reported to the procurator fiscal.
“As a result of the warrants executed, two people from two separate addresses were found in possession of controlled drugs and there was further evidence of drugs paraphernalia,” he said.
“Tackling drug misuse is a priority for police in Shetland and we actively encourage information in this matter from the local community and we will take every opportunity to protect our communities from the misuse of controlled drugs.”
He added that anyone who wished to make a complaint about the actions of the police can do so formally via the Police Scotland website at www.scotland.police.uk/secureforms/police-complaints/.