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Major arrests announced amid Grampian Police merger

Grampian Police arrest
A total of 242 arrests were made during Operation Sirius

Almost 250 people have been charged after drugs with a street value of more than £250,000 were seized.

Grampian Police revealed the arrests as it announced the merger of the former drug and crime squads to form new major investigations teams.

The force said 242 people had been charged during Operation Sirius, with drugs including heroin and crack cocaine recovered.

The operation, carried out in March and April, involved dozens of officers.

Assistant Chief Constable Derek Penman said the major reorganisation of criminal investigation at Grampian Police would help keep drug dealers out of the force area.

Derek Penman
We are determined to tackle those who cause the greatest harm to the fabric of our communities
ACC Derek Penman
Grampian Police

The new Major Investigation Teams (MIT) are aimed at allowing Grampian Police to "deploy more resources and target organised crime more effectively".

Financial investigation experts and services such as forensics are also expected to work more closely with CID officers on major inquiries.

ACC Penman said: "We have incorporated the former force priority of controlled drugs into the wider priority of serious organised crime and drugs.

"This will allow us, together with our partners, to target the criminal gangs - mostly from outside the area - who profit most from drug dealing.

"The public should be in no doubt - we are determined to tackle those who cause the greatest harm to the fabric of our communities."

Not tolerated

Det Supt Campbell Thomson, head of operations, revealed Operation Sirius had run for five weeks and saw 72 drugs warrants executed, 42 in Aberdeen, 23 in Aberdeenshire and seven in Moray.

Heroin, crack cocaine and cocaine with estimated street values of £141,000, £52,000, and £22,000 were recovered.

Cannabis in several forms, as well as diazepam, was also seized, along with £51,000 in cash.

Det Supt Thomson said: "Grampian Police will not tolerate drug dealers and the misery, fear, intimidation and anti-social behaviour they bring to our communities."



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