Firearm and drugs uncovered in Inch search

posted 12 Feb 2010, 11:34 by South Edinburgh Net Admin
Police uncovered a firearm and drugs during a major police search operation in Edinburgh on Friday.

The Edinburgh Serious and Organised Crime Unit began searching gardens in Cumnor Crescent and Rutherford Drive early on Friday morning following a tip-off suggesting crooks may have hidden the items without residents' knowledge.

In the afternoon, officers found one firearm and drugs hidden under foliage in a communal garden area. They also seized a four figure sum of cash.

Lothian and Borders Police branded the operation a success.

The operation was branded a success by Lothian and Borders Police, with Chief Inspector John Rae saying: "Drugs and weapons, unfortunately, are a common factor in cities throughout the UK and Edinburgh is no worse than anywhere else.

"But clearly, it's a serious matter and we would encourage anybody, not just in this area of Edinburgh, but anybody who has any information to come forward with that. And as today shows, we'll take it seriously and we'll act upon it."I hope the local residents have seen, over recent months, that we are acting for them.

"Like most areas, the vast majority of people here in south Edinburgh are absolutely decent, law-abiding people. And the feedback I get, from the public and from local councillors, is that they want to see visible police action taken against some of the criminal networks in Edinburgh.

"I would also make the point that several members of those Edinburgh networks have received convictions and jail sentences this year, and today is about following up the work we've been undertaking over recent months."

He also issued a stark warning to criminals in the region, saying: "It's not just the police who are looking over your shoulder. The people around you, the communities you live in, they're coming forward with information to us. And we will robustly follow any line of inquiry we have."

Source: STV News