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Three jailed over organised crime offences in Edinburgh

Three men jailed for serious organised crime offences Image copyright Police Scotland
Image caption Left to right Darren Hendren, Edmond Reid and Jason Forbes were sentenced at the High Court in Edinburgh

Three men have been jailed after admitting serious organised crime offences in Edinburgh.

The Organised Crime Counter Terrorism Unit carried out surveillance activity in the Inch and Niddrie areas of the city as part of Operation Harvester between October 2012 and May 2013.

Almost £10,000 in forged notes was seized, along with a kilo of cannabis and more than half a kilo of heroin.

The men admitted drugs offences and possessing counterfeit money.

Jason Forbes was sentenced to 32 months in prison, Darren Hendren was given a 20-month sentence and Edmond Reid was jailed for 36 months.

'Public support

Det Sup David Gordon said: "All three individuals were identified during Operation Harvester as being key players in the supply of drugs and counterfeit money within the capital and following a thorough investigation and significant surveillance activity they were all subsequently arrested and charged.

"Forbes, Reid and Hendren had been conducting their illegal activity within the Inch for some time and believed that they were immune to police reprisal.

"However, with the support of the local public they have now been removed from the area and will spend significant time in prison."

He added: "The sentences handed to each of them today reflects the continued commitment of Police Scotland and the Crown Office to identify those involved in serious and organised crime and bring them to justice."

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