Last Updated on Thursday, 14 March 2013 15:18 Written by Gordon Neish Thursday, 14 March 2013 12:52
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A HOUSE in Dunoon was raided for drugs this morning (Thursday) as part of the high-profile Operation Myriad – and the Standard was invited to observe.
Proceedings began in the muster room at Dunoon police office when Inspector Paul Robertson briefed the ten officers set to raid the property.
After giving the address to be raided, Inspector Robertson said: “We have received information that a 43-year-old male and a 44-year-old female have been involved in the supply of controlled drugs – mainly cannabis."
Inspector Robertson then gave procedural instructions, and issued tasks to various officers before asking if there were any questions.
He confirmed there was a sheriff’s warrant in place to search the premises under the misuse of drugs act.
He then said: “Let’s go.”
We followed a convoy of unmarked vehicles, backed up by one liveried police car, to an address in Dunoon’s Glebe Street.
Officers dashed from their cars, one leading the pack with a battering ram.
There was much excited and alarmed shouting. The PVC front door was struck several times, but refused to budge. A dog was barking rapidly.
“Police! Open up!”
Raised voices from inside the house could be heard from the street.
Officers were heard shouting: “Calm down”, while a male voice insisted: “Youse are out of order.”
An officer’s voice said: “Drop it.”
After more shouting a young man, barely dressed, was led away from the house by three uniformed officers.
Then there was calm as the house was searched.
Before the 10am briefing, Inspector Robertson told the Standard: “This is a joint operation between the Community Investigation Unit and local community officers. It is part of Operation Myriad, which is targeting local policing priorities, with drug dealing as a high priority.
“Today’s operation is another to try to detect offenders involved in that activity. It reflects our ongoing, hard-line, zero-tolerance approach to such individuals.
“What we are doing today demonstrates that, on receipt of information from the local community we will act upon it and bring those who cause harm to the area, through the supplying of drugs, to justice.
Inspector Robertson continued: “Local residents can expect to see more activity like today’s operation on a regular basis and those individuals who persist in this activity can expect us to come calling on them.”
Police have confirmed that as a result of the operation, one male has been charged with a breach of the peace and a woman is the subject of a report for a contravention of the misuse of drugs act.