Five arrested after £27,000 worth of drugs found

FIVE men have been arrested and charged with drug offences after a police operation seized diazepam and cannabis worth £127,000 in a series of searches across the Capital.

The largest recovery made during yesterday's blitz came when officers searched a vehicle at a petrol station in Murrayburn Road in the west of Edinburgh.

A quantity of diazepam with an estimated street value of 100,000 was discovered within the vehicle, and two men, aged 35 and 37, were arrested and charged. Both were set to appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court today.

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In addition, officers who searched a property in Millar Place in Morningside discovered a cannabis cultivation with an estimated street value of approximately 26,000.

A 39-year-old man has been arrested and charged in connection with the discovery, and is set to appear at court at a later date.

A further three men were arrested and charged in connection with three smaller recoveries of cannabis, at properties in Pennywell Medway in Muirhouse, and one in Nisbet Court in Restalrig. Two of the men, aged 29 and 41, are set to appear at court at a later date, while the third man, aged 27, was set to appear today.

The blitz took place under Operation Adrenalin, an ongoing intelligence-led operation targeting drug dealers operating across the city.

A police spokesman said: "Following its initial success in the north and central areas of Edinburgh, Operation Adrenalin has now expanded across the entire city.

"Yesterday's activity sends a clear message to drug dealers that we will target them at every opportunity, in order to prevent the flow of illegal drugs onto the streets of the Capital.

"Acting on intelligence we receive from the public, Operation Adrenalin will continue to focus on tackling the dealers who cause so much misery and harm within communities throughout Edinburgh.

"Anyone who wishes to report drug-related criminal activity in their area can do so by contacting Lothian and Borders Police on 0131 311 3131, or via the charity of Crimestoppers in confidence and complete anonymity on 0800 555 111."

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