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Police in Aberdeen seize drugs worth £60,000

Police in Aberdeen have seized drugs estimated to be worth almost £60,000.

A 22-year-old man was arrested on Wednesday in connection with the recovery of about £39,000 worth of cocaine from a city-centre street.

Two men, aged 40 and 29, and two women, aged 29 and 24, were also arrested after £15,000 of heroin was found at an address in Portlethen.

A man, aged 39, from the Kittybrewster area was reported to the procurator fiscal over £3,500 of cannabis plants.

Three other people were also reported to the procurator fiscal for possession of heroin, cannabis and valium and 13 others were arrested on various apprehension warrants during a three-day police operation, which was part of Operation Maple.

The 22-year-old Liverpool man, arrested in connection with the cocaine seizure, was expected to appear at Aberdeen Sheriff Court.

The four arrested over the recovery of heroin were expected to appear at Stonehaven Sheriff Court.

Since its inception in October 2010, Operation Maple has seen more than £1.3m controlled drugs seized and more than 650 people arrested.

Ch Insp George MacDonald said: "These are significant results and clearly show that our crackdown on those people involved in drugs and violence in our communities will never stop.

"A crucial part of our work in locking these people up is the willingness of our communities across Aberdeen in identifying those causing harm and misery.

"There will be no let-up in our campaign against these individuals and we will together with the public and our partner agencies to disrupt their criminal behaviour."

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