THE DOGS Against Drugs charity has helped police to seize drugs and cash with a value totalling £125,000 in Shetland so far in 2020.
Police Scotland said on Monday that the charity had aided the seizure of almost quarter of a million pounds-worth of drugs and money across Shetland, Orkney and the Western Isles.
Seven parcels were seized at Lerwick Post Office last month – instigating further enquiries on the mainland. In one case that led to the arrest of an individual in North East Scotland and in another enforcement activity was subsequently launched in Glasgow.
Superintendent Iain MacLelland said: “These are just a few examples of the excellent detection work that has taken place during the past year by these charities and I would like to take this chance to thank them for their invaluable efforts – not only have they made a significant impact in minimising harm locally, but also in our communities nationwide.”
The officer added that police were having to “adapt to changing trends” as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and had identified a rise in the volume of drugs being seized through the post in the Highlands and Islands.
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